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Ryan Bartek Leaves Blood of Martyrs, Plans New Book and Book Tour

Due to creative differences, Ryan Bartek has left BLOOD OF MARTYRS. The Portland, Oregon extreme metal group continues onward, planning a new recording for 2011.

In the immediate future Bartek will be working on a variety of projects – including new SASQUATCH AGNOSTIC & JACK CASSADY recordings.

The main focus is now the European sequel of his USA road book “The Big Shiny Prison.” This new book will once again feature a variety of personalities within the undergrounds of radical punk, extreme metal, hard rock, industrial & experimental.

Ryan Bartek is actively booking in-person interviews with bands, artists, writers, freaks, promoters, activists -- any interesting individuals that wish to appear in this new book.

The author will be backpacking Western Europe from June to August 2011 with a modest budget and seeks any assistance possible (contacts/shelter/etc). If any touring band seeks a merch table worker, contact him. Major cities confirmed thus far are London, Paris & Amsterdam. Others are in the planning stages, such as Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Gothenburg & Oslo.

Bartek continues: "As with 'THE BIG SHINY PRISON,' this European book will focus on extreme metal, radical punk, industrial, rock, experimental – but also go far deeper into fringe subcultures & bizarre reality. I’m looking to get really weird with this one – UFO cults, ghosthunters, hackers, political groups, art movements; an array of demagogues, cranks, prophets & clowns. However, let it be known that there will be NO PHONE INTERVIEWS and NO EMAIL INTERVIEWS for those featured – the reason I am traveling is to meet people face to face."

If any of this sounds confusing, you can view/download “The Big Shiny Prison” itself as a sort of “demo” for this new project.

Ryan Bartek has released his entire book & music discography as a free download here.

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