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"'The Big Shiny Prison' is many things; a chronicle of a journey across America, a socio-political tract of mighty proportions, a living novel with Bartek playing the dual roles of author and protagonist - but as an exploration into the bizarrely captivating world of underground music, it penetrates deeper than the vast majority of literature on the subject before, and the metallic intelligentsia nods its head in bemused satisfaction, not to mention vindication." - RockPulse "'The Big Shiny Prison' is essentially a travel diary from 2006 into 2007 of a man that jumped on a Greyhound bus & traveled across America interviewing metal bands. Essentially, this is true, but there is much more. Bartek, in the style of Jack Kerouac & tone of Hunter S. Thompson, takes the reader into a mental journey pleading for everyone to 'Wake Up!' and 'Live for The Moment!' Formerly in the band, A.K.A. MABUS, Bartek left his band to write this book but is now working on a new acoustic album. Other aliases the author uses include GhostNomad & Klownfuehrer. If all of this seems interesting & at the same time a lot to take in, well, welcome to 'The Big Shiny Prison.'" -MetalUnderground "I can't even begin to describe it, let alone do it any justice... Going down into The Abyss was a dangerous move in which Bartek did imperil his very life, but he was determined to write this book or die trying..." -SIBHOD Zine "No matter what anyone says about this book, you have to respect any writer who is willing to live life on the road - in the dirt & grime, rolling from squat to squat, sleeping in parks & generally living in sh*t just to bring us the story." -Ectomag
About the Author
Ryan Bartek is a writer and musician from The United States. He is the author of three books: “The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One),” “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” and “The Silent Burning.” He is also the guitarist/vocalist of the Portland, Oregon extreme metal band Vulture Locust, classic heavy metal group SKULLMASTER and experimental punk act Lurking Strangers. Known for his journalism in the metal/punk undergrounds due to his books and prior work for mass-market magazines and webzines, Bartek is also a spoken word artist and performs acoustic under the alias "The REAL Man In Black." Bartek was born and raised in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan on April 4th, 1981. From 2001-2005, Bartek wrote for a host of major publications including Metal Maniacs, PIT Magazine, AMP Magazine, Hails & Horns, and respected zines. On January 5th, 2005 his first book “The Silent Burning” was released by Elitist Publications. An anthology , the book fused a number of writing styles. Bartek remained on the road throughout 2007, turning his experiences into a metal/punk themed travel book entitled “The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One),” released as a Free PDF on November 15th, 2009. In the intervening years Bartek accomplished national tours as a spoken word artist, and continued to record music and produce a number of manuscripts and film screenplays. Summer 2011, Bartek set out to accomplish the second volume of "The Big Shiny Prison" in Europe. “Fortress Europe (BSP Vol. II)” was released on February 29th 2012, again as a Free PDFe. The release was followed by yet another European tour Summer 2012. Bartek again backpacked Europe in 2013 to gather material for a 4 part journalism mini-series "Return To Fortress Europe," featuring new tales of his travels. Vulture Locust released their debut album "Command Presence" on 3/3/2015. This 15 track magnum opus of savage, nasty deathgrind has since amassed solid reviews & press from around the globe. On April Fools 2015 Bartek released the 50 Page Preview of his upcoming book "Anticlimax Leviathan" which will see print May 2016. All albums & books have been released under Anomie INC / Anomie Press, Mr. Bartek’s production company as FREE digital downloads.
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