Slipknot
9.0: Live


3.5
great

Review

by Jimmyfree450 USER (5 Reviews)
June 5th, 2013 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great live package, and a great addition to any Slipknot fan's collection. A solid buy, despite some obvious flaws

Slipknot seems to be a band that either you love or hate. For the record, I have never heard anyone say they are "just alright." Whenever I hear people talk of Slipknot, its usually "they're great, awesome, amazing, etc." or its "they suck more than..." (well, you get what I'm saying.) When this live album was released, Slipknot had released three studio albums (and three successful ones they were), with this being their first live album (I won't count Disasterpieces because it was a DVD release.) The Nine show what they are made of on this disc, and any fan of Slipknot should not be disappointed.

With this CD being two discs, you get a lot for what you are paying for. Right from the get-go, with the blistering opener The Blister Exists (no pun intended) the band shows why they are one of the strongest heavy metal bands out there; they ooze talent all over the board, with great guitar work, superb drumming, and a huge roaring crowd to support them. This live CD has a lot of great work when it comes to instrumentation, from the shredding solo of Pulse Of The Maggots, to the tight chugging rhythm guitars in Before I Forget. The bass work also is more upfront, with songs like Iowa and Vermilion showing what Paul Grey could do with his four string beast. Joey Jordison's drumming is a standout on pretty much every track, needless to say, with Chris and Clown providing a solid percussion section throughout. Even DJ Sid Wilson and 133's turn tables and sampling work is mixed so that it is clearly heard.

If you haven't noticed, I didn't talk about Corey Taylor's vocals yet. This is where some of my complaints start. It seems like Corey's vocals are more hit-and-miss than they should be. In all honesty he sounds fine on songs such as The Nameless, Vermilion, and The Blister Exists. But on songs like (sic) [with most of the lyrics being poorly sung], some parts of Pulse Of The Maggots, and Disasterpiece, they seem to be on the weaker side. Another complaint, and this only applies to one song, is the shortened version of Iowa. The performance itself is fine; in fact, it sounds pretty good! But it is only seven-ish minutes long. Now I can understand why they shortened it (the original song is fifteen minutes long) but why not leave this off the album and replace it if possible?

Either way, this two-disc live album is worth the ownership for any Slipknot fan. For the price it is, it is well worth the purchase. For non-Slipknot fans, stay away from this album. For people looking to get into Slipknot, just get their compilation that came out last year called "Antennas To Hell."


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NeoSpaz
June 4th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Downloaded this the other day. It isn't too bad.

Review is alright.

Second paragraph, consider taking out the "and I mean A LOT" because it sounds kinda tacky. Possibly consider scratching the last paragraph and doing a conclusion that doesn't tell the target market, I'm not sure, it just feels out of place.



NeoSpaz
June 4th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Also, in your summary, it is "addition", not "edition"

Jimmyfree450
June 4th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the feedback!

joshieboy12345
June 4th 2013


5371 Comments


My friend's favourite band is Slipknot, and l swear he makes love to this album.

jtswope
June 4th 2013


2491 Comments


Welcome to Sputnik man! Just keep the reviews down to one per day so you don't knock other people's reviews off the front page.

Vakarian12
June 4th 2013


3923 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Nameless is the only song that doesn't sound horrid live.

TheSpirit
June 4th 2013


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think the pun was intended

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

Vakarian12
June 5th 2013


3923 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Slipknot seems to be a band that either you love or hate. For the record, I have never heard anyone say they are "just alright."

I don't love or hate them. They're okay, nothing special. But they're not awful either.

BassDemon333
June 5th 2013


3415 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Corey's vocals were pretty bad on the entire Subliminal Verses tour cycle

NeoSpaz
June 5th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they're pretty decent now, though

KjSwantko
June 5th 2013


9448 Comments


Just FYI, Jimmy, a lot of people get pissed and might auto-neg you when you have 2 reviews on the front page at once since it takes away the views from their reviews. It's sort of an unwritten rule to only have 1.

(I don't care, but just lettin' ya know).

ScuroFantasma
November 3rd 2013


2535 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I understand why his vocals aren't as good live (still pretty good though) but after screaming for over an hour and jumping around like they do, it's obvious why he slurs the lyrics a bit and doesn't drag out his screams as much.

Digging: Kyuss - Blues for the Red Sun



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