Tuesday, October 03, 2023

WARZONE - Don't Forget The Struggle Don't Forget The Streets 1987

An impressive debut that I haven't heard for a long time and has almost been forgotten is the following slab, and I'm quoting infos from Wiki: "Warzone (formerly known as Rat Poison) was a HardcorePunk combo formed on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1983. The band helped develop the New York Hardcore sound, the Hardcore Skinhead style and the youth crew subgenre. During the band's fourteen years and many line-up changes, their primarily Hardcore sound was flavored by influences ranging from Oi! (they toured several times with The Business and played a cover of their song "The Real Enemy") to traditional Punkrock to Heavy Metal (on their self-titled LP). Their fan base was diverse, with their concerts usually attended by Skinheads, straight edge teens, metalheads, and Punks of all ages. Vice has written that "one could argue that [Warzone] spearheaded the second and larger wave of Hardcore bands that erupted in the NY scene in 1986–1987".

Frontman Raymond "Raybeez" Barbieri was the band's only consistent member through the vast majority of its years. He joined the band as drummer in 1983 (the same year he played drums on the debut Agnostic Front 7Inch United Blood), later taking over vocal duties after Warzone had already been in existence for two years (noting later, "in a band that [had] been running for so long, there has to be something there"). Raybeez remained the singer of Warzone until his death on September 11, 1997, due to pneumonia. He vehemently preached unity in the scene and against racism. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was receiving treatment in a VHA facility when the illness damaged his liver and took his life at the age of 35. A tribute sign reading "R.I.P. Ray" hung outside CBGB for some time following his death, and for more than a year afterward, every release on Victory Records was dedicated to his memory, as were two independent compilations. These albums, as well as benefit concerts, raised funds for several non-profit groups Ray had worked for which helped at-risk youth."


  1. There's something up with that file-sharing server. When I try to download, instead of getting the file, I get an app called "WDFTSDFTS87.rar_514236.exe" that is only 4mb in size. Obviously, the file you are trying to share is more than 4mb. Ran into the same thing with another site that uses Krakenfiles. Not sure what the deal is, but it looks shady. Definitely not going to run the app to see what happens!

    1. Well, the download link is okay, I guess you have to change something in your anti-virus settings or choose a different browser. Try mouse right click and save target as.... this works always fine.

    2. Yes. I ran a proxy out of Finland and used the Brave Browser and it worked. I've been clearing the cookies on both your site and theirs and it is not being friendly in the USA with Firefox and no proxy. My anti-virus wouldn't even let me try no matter how I tried to save the file.