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Ryan Bartek unleashes “Return To Fortress Europe (Part I of IV)”
Underground writer/musician Ryan Bartek has returned with his particular form of extreme journalism. Following up on his acclaimed book series that began with “The Big Shiny Prison” and continued with “Fortress Europe,” Bartek again raises the bar with “Return To Fortress Europe.”
“Return To Fortress Europe” is a four part mini-series that chronicles the authors travels through Europe's fringe world of underground music and alternative culture in 2012 and 2013.
The first chapter “Subteren Voivode Romaniâ” features the author going deep into the heart of Transylvania armed with nothing but a tape recorder and a travel pack in order to cover the Romanian extreme metal scene, as well as the social and political unrest of this Post-Communist country.
In this Romanian chapter, Bartek conducts face-to-face interviews with members from experimental metal band Krepuskul, thrash/death overlords DECEASE, metalcore upstarts Divided By Perception, Sibiu's groove-laced metal rockers Heavy Duty and Brasov's deathcore act Deliver The God.
“Return To Fortress Europe” is not just simply a work of “music writing.” Bartek assumes a role similar to many American writers that flourished in times of economic crisis. Like Kerouac, Steinbeck or Henry Miller, he shines a spotlight on the complexities of unconventional lives, and saturates his writing with social and political commentary. “Return To Fortress Europe” walks the line between journalism, autobiography, and the “great American road novel” (ironically placed in Europe).
Bartek takes the time to visit Castle Dracula, hitchhike through Slovenia and Croatia, visit Belgrade as a hobo drifter. He crawls the back alleys of Budapest, sites of WWII atrocities, bizarre and alien environments while pondering the mystery of the Romani (“gypsy”) people. In addition, Bartek includes impassioned reviews of the legendary Brutal Assault Festival in Czech as well as the ultimate Forest/Psytrance/Goa festival in Europe – Croatia's Modem Festival (a.k.a “Memento Demento”).
The remaining three chapters of “Return To Fortress Europe” will be released throughout 2014 and will focus on Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal. More info TBA.
“Return To Fortress Europe (Part I of IV)” is a free download and can be viewed on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/208787611/Return-to-Fortress-Europe-Part-One-Subteren-Voivod-Romania-by-Ryan-Bartek
Direct PDF Download: http://www.mediafire.com/view/ja665yt5fdafmpa/
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In related news, Ryan Bartek is currently recording/performing with his grind/death band Vulture Locust in Portland OR. He also released his debut horror movie screenplay “Crimson Highway” which is a blood soaked, high-octane, zombie/vampire apocalypse tale. The project is seeking development. View “Crimson Highway” @ http://www.scribd.com/doc/204071653/
Download Ryan Bartek's entire book collection/music discography free @ www.BigShinyPrison.com