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The best kept secret in music


"Ozzfest Revisited"

The first band that we caught was called Royal Playboy Cartel. They were from New York and were quite good; kind of a cross between Tool and Korn. They were very tight and had a lot of energy. All of the smaller opening bands were only given 20 minutes to play, and these guys really made the most of their 20 minutes in Strahov, they even did a Beatles cover! It’s a tricky thing to pull off good cover songs, but their rendition of Eleanor Rigby was pretty good.

"Ozzfest 2002 Applause Meter"

#1. Ozzy Osbourne
#2. Slayer
#3. Royal Playboy Cartel
#4. Tool
#5. Astrometro
#6. Škwor
#7. Anti-Product -

"Ozzfest Gets Czech Republic Roaring"

Though the crowd didn't begin to fill out until Slayer's set, Royal Playboy Cartel, Metelium, Anti-Product and Skywor took the stage earlier in the day to help heat things up for the headliners.



Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Giovanni and brothers, Walter and Eric, grew up together in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. They started playing together in H.S. and called themselves “Driven”. At that time, they played locally at several NYC venues. After a releasing a few EP’s, they changed their name to Royal Playboy Cartel (RPC). As often happens with bands, there was a change in members and RPC found themselves in need of a new drummer. A friend of a friend referred Joe to the band. He was given a CD of over 20 songs to audition with. He was hired because he learned all of the songs over night.

As RPC, the band has performed both nationally and internationally. They have played at many of New York’s most prestigious venues. They have been the headlining band at Visionfest, a New York Independent Film Festival, every year since 2001. They’ve shared the stage with bands like Ozzy, Slayer and Tool at Ozzfest, 2002 in Prague, Czech Republic. They were registered third on the applause meter, after Ozzy and Slayer. RPC was also the only American band, and one of the headliners, at iFest 2002, a relief concert for the floods in the Czech Republic that year. Currently, four of their songs are included in the independent film, “Xtacy”, featured in the Sarasota Film Festival, February 2005. They are also opening for Judas Priest and Robert Plant on three seperate nights of their European tour dates in April 2005.

RPC has been compared to bands like Korn, Tool and Zeppelin. Their influences include Alice In Chains, The Beatles and Tool. RPC is currently under new management, having been signed to independent label, Hippotang Entertainment. For the next few months, they can be found playing all over the North East while they concentrate on writing and recording their debut album.