Metallic Spheres

Metallic Spheres is the tenth studio album released by ambient techno group The Orb in October 2010 and features Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and Killing Joke bassist Youth.[15] The album spent 3 weeks on the UK charts, peaking at number 12.[16]

Metallic Spheres
Studio album by
Released12 October 2010 (2010-10-12)
GenreElectronica, dub, progressive rock, ambient
ProducerMartin "Youth" Glover[1][2]
The Orb albums chronology
Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III)
Metallic Spheres
The Orbserver in the Star House
David Gilmour albums chronology
Live in Gdańsk
Metallic Spheres
Rattle That Lock
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. ClubC+[6]
Slant Magazine[12]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Metallic Side" (28:42)
    1. "Metallic Spheres"
    2. "Hymns to the Sun"
    3. "Black Graham"
    4. "Hiding in Plain View"
    5. "Classified"
  2. "Spheres Side" (20:12)
    1. "Es Vedra"
    2. "Hymns to the Sun (Reprise)"
    3. "Olympic"
    4. "Chicago Dub"
    5. "Bold Knife Trophy"
  3. "Cult of Youth Ambient Mix (Parts 1 & 2)" (Edit) (5:35) (iTunes-only bonus track)

All tracks written by David Gilmour, Alex Paterson, and Youth, except:

  • "Hymns to the Sun" written by Gilmour, Paterson, Youth, and Graham Nash
  • "Black Graham" written by Gilmour, Paterson, Youth, and Marcia Mello
  • "Hiding in Plain View" written by Gilmour, Paterson, Youth, and Tim Bran


  • David Gilmour – guitars, vocals
  • Alex Paterson – sound manipulation, keyboards, turntables
  • Youth – bass, keyboards, programming
  • Tim Bran – keyboards, programming
  • Marcia Mello – acoustic guitar (on "Black Graham")
  • Dominique Le Vac – backing vocals


The album was produced by Youth and recorded in June, 2009 at "The Dreaming Cave", in Wandsworth. Engineering was done by Tim Bran (of Dreadzone) and David Nock. Mixing was done by Youth, with mix engineering from Bran, Nock and Michael Rendall at "The Study" in 2010. Mastering was done by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios in London. A headphone version was released as the second disc of the deluxe 2-CD edition, with sound design by Mike Brady, recording by Mike Brady, David Nock and Michael Rendall, and mixing by Youth.


  1. ^ "Metallic Spheres – David Gilmour, The Orb : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  2. ^ The Orb featuring David Gilmour – Metallic Spheres (Columbia – 88697 79645 2) at Discogs
  3. ^ "The Orb feat. David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Metallic Spheres by The Orb" – via
  5. ^ AllMusic review
  6. ^ "The Orb Featuring David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres". Music.
  7. ^ Alexander, Phil (November 2010). "The Orb feat. David Gilmour Metallic Spheres". Mojo. p. 100. [A] finely textured affair … Challenging, but also warm, lush and reassuringly ambient.
  8. ^ Boles, Benjamin (October 14, 2010). "The Orb Featuring David Gilmour".
  9. ^ "The Orb / David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres". Pitchfork.
  10. ^ "The Orb feat. David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres". PopMatters. October 13, 2010.
  11. ^ "The 50-minute opus is an ambient masterclass." [Nov 2010, p.112]
  12. ^ Kilpatrick, Michael. "Review: The Orb featuring David Gilmour, Metallic Spheres".
  13. ^ "The Orb vs. David Gilmour, 'Metallic Spheres' (Columbia/Sony) | SPIN". October 1, 2010.
  14. ^ "What most surprising is the diversity here – the sense of direction is not pressing, but ultimately there's plenty to revisit." [Nov 2010, p.94]
  15. ^ Columbia Records (September 28, 2010). "The Orb Featuring David Gilmour's Metallic Spheres to be Celebrated Through Original Laser Show and Appearances by The Orb". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  16. ^ "David Gilmour | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 12 July 2012.