Spock's Beard bid farewell to the D'Virgilio era with a double live album. Rather by chance the band got the chance to record their first concert of the "X"-Tour in September 2010, a procedure bassist Dave Meros even calls "suicide" in an interview earlier in this issue. It speaks for the class of the beards that one could already deliver such a convincing performance in this early stage. You can hear the new album "X" which has just been released. The complete run was complemented by the classics "On A Perfect Day", "Thoughts", "The Doorway", "June" and the obligatory solo interludes. Fine and good, but with three live releases within seven years (four if you count the recording of the "High Voltage" festival last year) you still have to make a tough comparison. And then "The X-Tour Live" slightly trundled to the finish behind "Gluttons For Punishment" (2005) and "Spock's Beard Live" (2008). Song selection and sound quality are the biggest differences here. "The X-Tour Live" is an honest concert document, which contains the complete show on DVD in the limited edition.
Top track: The Doorway