Signs Ov Chaos - _Frankenscience (Urban Cyberpunk)_
(Earache Records, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
Sole creator Michael Wells takes us on a dark and in-depth journey of society and life. Upon each listen, the almost soundtrack-like feeling of _Frankenscience_ brings us into a world in which we are forced to experience what Wells wants us to experience - no questions asked. It is an experience that dabbles with hate, understanding ourselves and the complexity and intricateness of life. What we leave with is a more accurate feel of the molding world of Wells' ambient/noise project. While the bio says the album primarily focuses on celebrating and dealing with both the good and bad ideals of "cyber culture," the album works further as it also manages to create an image of quite possibly the evolution of ambient/noise projects. Assembled from multiple styles of musical ideas, samples and noise _Frankenscience_, much like the Frankenstein monster in Mary Shelley's novel, is a creation that manages to feed off and survive on all the parts of what makes it one. If this album had been one straight forward ambient/noise project then it would have been quite boring. Not the case here, as Wells has thought out his work and makes this an interesting and enjoyable record each listen.

(article published 16/3/1997)


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