Bacteria Cult – REVIEW


Kaada/Patton – Bacteria Cult

(Ipecac Recordings)


Kaada/Patton is the name given to the collaboration between composer John Kaada and alt-metal frontman Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk…etc.).  Patton provides the vocal component, his being an accompanying presence which is incorporated into Kaada’s ensemble-level arrangements.  Bacteria Cult, the pair’s latest release following their 2004 debut, Romances, applies the duo’s avant-lean within the context of film scores, theatrically-conjured moods sans their filmic counterpart.  While the dynamic between the two remains the same overall, the presentation within Bacteria Cult seems a richer, more orchestrated endeavor than its predecessor.  And its tributes are evident. With instrumental support from The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Kaada/Patton almost immediately pay tribute to film composer Bernard Herrmann with Red Rainbow, a sinister and tension-building series of bowed melodies that seesaw through the piece midway.  And the implicit Ennio Morricone homage sounds ingrained into the frontiersman sway of Black Albino. That being said, though, the thoughtful assembly behind pieces like the uneasy Peste Bubonica, the interestingly ambiguous disposition of Papillion, or the slight noir of Dispossession exhibit some level of whimsy on occasion and at times even sound relatively upbeat, as if whatever imagined narratives Kaada had in mind were considered with some lightheartedness. The nervous resolve of Imodium, though, stands out as a tense and strangely hyperactive inclusion.


– Sean Caldwell