Slipknot sound like a deranged and destructive organism on the 77-minute sensory blitzkrieg of Live At MSG

Slipknot's historic 2009 Madison Square Garden show, now available for the first time on vinyl

Slipknot: Live Art MSG cover art
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Released to mark the 15th anniversary of their fourth album All Hope Is Gone, Live At MSG – previously released as part of the album's 10th anniversary edition, but now available on vinyl for the first time – captures Slipknot in a particularly venomous mood at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 

The band’s classic nine-man lineup, the late Joey Jordison and Paul Gray included, remain a benchmark for barely controlled chaos, and this 77-minute sensory blitzkrieg demonstrates why. It’s still one of the great miracles of our time that a band this obnoxious and heavy have notched up multiple chart-topping feats. 

As they rip through the untamed likes of Eyeless, Get This and Purity, Slipknot sound like a single deranged and destructive organism, and it’s a spectacle as mesmerising now as it was when this album was recorded in 2009. 

In particular, Disasterpiece is breathtakingly unpleasant. A few months later, Slipknot headlined Download for the first time and absolutely took the place apart. New York should have warned us what was coming. They were probably too traumatised.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.