Show Reviews

    Orbital

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    Photo by Stevo Rood

    The Belasco Los Angeles, CA

    December 08 2018

    Review by Michelle Nati

    Photos by Stevo Rood / ARoodPhoto.com

    There weren’t any glow sticks to herald the return of EDM band Orbital, but the sold-out crowd at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles was nonetheless entranced and on its collective feet throughout the latest musical reunion of British brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll in support of their ninth studio album, Monsters Exist, released in September 2018.

    Even after a several-year break from performing and releasing new music, Orbital proved once again it remains one of EDM’s most masterful teams. Elements of Kraftwerk and prog pushed the beat forward in complex compositions that kept the audience dancing throughout the set. About 60 percent of the material during the show came from Monsters Exist—a critically acclaimed album in its own right and one the best Orbital has ever produced.

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    The remaining songs were well-known favorites from Orbital’s ’90s heyday including “SATAN,” and “Halcyon On and On” as well as crowd-pleasing versions of “Heaven Is  Place On Earth,” and the “Doctor Who” theme. (Audience calls for “The Box,” as close to a hit single as Orbital have ever had, went unheeded.) A hypnotizing light and video show accompanied the beats.

    Rave on!

    SET LIST:

    Intro
    Monsters Exist
    There Will Come A Time
    Impact
    P.H.U.K.
    Wonky
    Tiny Foldable Cities
    Satan
    Hoo Hoo Ha Ha


    Halcyon
    Vision On E
    Belfast

    Chime
    Where Is It Going
    The End is Nigh
    Doctor Who
    Lush

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