Some bands are really great in the studio, but fail at the live-performance. Other combos let you miss music-skills, but equal this with great performance on stage. Both doesn't fit on Symphony X!!!
On one hand this American five-piece brings periodically, under world-wide observation, high-class studio-productions, and so won one of the higher places in the 'Prog Metal-Top 10', and on the other hand the presentation of the compositions, also on world tours, succeeds in a considerable way.
So, why not recording it? To conserve the performance of the successful last tour (recorded were shows in Strasbourg, Ludwigsburg and Paris - France and Germany count to the No1 fan countries of the Symphony X fans).
So, we have a double live-album, which leaves hardly no wishes. The first CD contains the complete live-performance of the last CD The Mythology Suite and ends with Candle Fantasia and The Eyes Of Medusa, of the highly regarded The Divine Wings Of Tragedy album.
On the 2nd CD they offer a look onto the 3 best songs of the Twilight In Olympus release (e.g. Smoke And Mirrors) before they travel back in time, e.g. with the title track The Divine Wings Of Tragedy. The habit of Symphony X - to make harmonic songs and complex compositions - is shown live impressively - who once saw a live show of this Americans, already knows it... On one side there's the musically quality-work of Michael Romeo at the guitar, Michael Lepondat on bass and Michael Pinella at the keyboards - always hold in line by drummer Jason (not Michael ;) ) Rullo. On the other side the hardly stoppable frontman Russell Alan, who rocked every hall. Really a pity, that the planned tour with Savatage didn't take place - there you could have killed your hunger on live-action.