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Music composed and performed by John Kaada and Mike Patton
Orchestra: Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Recorded at Fartein Valen (Stavanger) and Wrongroom (Oslo )
Orchestrations by John Kaada
Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road studios
Cover design: Martin Kvamme
Bacteria Cult is a must-purchase for Patton diehards, film score aficionados and seekers of the avant-garde. Kaada states that their music “dwells in The Twilight Zone where spooky and seductive meet,” making Bacteria Cult a gloriously disorienting thrill ride.
An album for open-minded music lovers, ‘Bacteria cult’ is a sensory delight and, played at suitable volume, is capable of thundering to the very heavens.
Bacteria Cult is the sum total of two artists that have grown into their own and are completely at ease with what they each can bring to the table. Both are now coming into the collaboration with much more soundtrack experience and it shows in the cinematic scope of the album.
The songs play out like pieces of an unaccompanied score, perfectly juxtaposing texture and sound with a loose sense of melodic momentum. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the release is good…damn good actually, especially when measured against the duo’s previous work.
These aren't pop songs or sing-along ditties that will get played on the radio or on a streaming service. But if you want to enjoy real music, with real instruments, and a real singer, "Cult Bacteria" should be bought. Both the CD and the LP can be purchased on the Ipecac Recordings website.
A stunning piece of work. Further proof, as if any were needed, not only of Mike Patton’s versatility as an artist, but also the fact that his recent reunion with Faith No More doesn’t mean the end of his more leftfield side projects. These two accomplished artists in their own right have come together and created a complete story that would accompany a compelling if strange film. Hopefully it wont be another 12 years before we hear from them again, and it will also hopefully make more people listen to some of Kaada’s other brilliant work.