9.0: Live is the first live album by American heavy metal band Slipknot. The band recorded the two-disc album during a 2004–2005 world tour that promoted their third studio album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Released by Roadrunner Records on November 1, 2005, 9.0 Live features tracks from Slipknot's first three studio albums: Slipknot, Iowa, and Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Many of the included tracks are rarely played live; the album's song "Skin Ticket" was its first live performance. 9.0: Live peaked in the top twenty in album sales for Austria and the United States, and was certified gold in the United States. Critical reception was generally positive, with Adrien Begrand of PopMatters calling it a "very worthy live album".
While producing their second DVD Disasterpieces in 2002, the band members of Slipknot were inspired to produce a live album after noticing how well they performed when they knew they were being recorded. Two years later, in 2004, Slipknot promoted Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) during a world tour which included 233 concerts across 34 countries in 28 months; music for the live album was recorded during the tour. The tracks on 9.0: Live were compiled from performances in Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Las Vegas, Phoenix, New York City, and Dallas.
Percussionist Shawn Crahan said the band made an effort to pay more attention to detail than usual during the tour, noting, "when you've got a microphone hanging onto your every note, you tend to give maybe 115 percent instead of 110 percent." The album begins with a staged vocal introduction which was recorded before a concert, informing the audience that the band would not be performing, in an effort to incite anger in the crowd. 9.0: Live includes tracks from the band's first three studio albums, and the rare track "Purity" which was removed from the band's debut album, Slipknot, due to copyright issues. It also contains tracks that are rarely played live, such as "Iowa" and "Get This", as well as the first live performance of "Skin Ticket".
Some critics commented that the album is not as appealing to audiences who are unfamiliar with the band. Saul Austerlitz from The Boston Globe wrote that the album was "intended to cater primarily to rabid fans", commenting that those who are not fans of Slipknot will probably "find the experience of listening to both discs of '9.0: Live' roughly comparable to being hit in the head repeatedly with a two-by-four two hours of sludgy, indistinguishable songs, punctuated by profane outbursts about how the idiot media [...] has ignored and abused them".
9.0: Live debuted at the 17th position on the Billboard 200 charts in the United States, selling 42,000 copies in its first week. The album also premiered in the top 50 in five other countries. On December 9, 2005, the Recording Industry Association of America certified 9.0: Live gold in the United States.
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|Chart (2005)||Peak Position|
|US Billboard 200||17|
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