Release Date: Apr 1, 2016
Record label: Ipecac
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Classical
The second studio collaboration from Norwegian composer and producer John Erik Kaada and Faith No More/Mr. Bungle/Fantômas frontman Mike Patton, Bacteria Cult filters the cinematic vignettes of 2004's Romances through a widescreen lens. Where the latter LP relied mostly on Kaada's evocative electronics for its foundation, Bacteria Cult pairs Patton's otherworldly croon with Norway’s Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the results are stunning.
Bacteria Cult is the collaboration between Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas, Mr. Bungle, a million other projects) and Norwegian composer John Kaada. Previously, the pair worked together on a live album and 2004 studio effort, but Bacteria Cult seems to be where there is atrue cohesion between the pair.At its onset, the album is built around Kaadaâ€™s atmospheric structures.
Both independently and collaboratively, Norwegian score composer Kaada and Faith No More frontman Mike Patton have never followed the parameters or trodden on compositional eggshells. The duo, who bonded over their passion for film music, dropped their Lizst inspired Romances in 2004. The predecessor to 2016’s Bacteria Cult, it melded sci-fi atonality and classical baroque composure.