Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Finally, we’ve got some new debuts for you in 2013. This week, the top 2 debuts are also the top 2 albums for metal this week and they are in the top 10 overall. These albums come courtesy of a mask wearing band (not Slipknot) and mascara wearing band (not Alice Cooper). So, if a band ever decided to wear both masks and mascara, would they sell a lot of albums? Probably not, because it would be kind of stupid to put on makeup then put a mask over it.
Hollywood Undead, Notes from the Underground (A&M/Octone) #2, 52,700 sold
And so the first metal debut of 2013 is Hollywood Undead’s third studio album. Given, this debut sold fewer than the debut of their second album, but it’s still a solid start. You might remember the band putting out a video for the song “We Are”, which was directed by fellow band-who-wears-masks member M. Shawn Crahan, aka Clown of Slipknot.
Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #7, 42,400 sold
Looks like people were so in need for a rock opera concept album that the went and bought Black Veil Brides’ latest effort. The concept in question revolves around a group called (you guessed it) The Wild Ones and their fight against an organization called F.E.A.R. (presumably unrelated to the video game). There’s also a film adaptation called Legion of the Black, if you wanted to know.
Newsted, Metal EP (Chophouse) #62, 6,200 sold
Jason Newsted is back with an EP that probably took him all of 5 minutes to name. It’s cool that this is seeing sales even just as an EP (or maybe people just really wanted Jason’s handwritten lyrics). Also, I’m predicting that Newsted’s next release will be titled…Heavy. Good thinking, right?
Philip Anselmo/Warbeast, War Of The Gargantuas (Housecore) 1,120 sold
This split offers our first taste of Anselmo’s solo debut. And from what the former Pantera singer told us, the rest of the album is even more extreme sounding than the two songs on this split.
Mutiny Within, Mutiny Within II: Synchronicity (Self-Released) 560 sold
Hailing from New Jersey, the band’s debut album was very well received, but after going on an indefinite haitus no one was sure when new material would be released. Lo and behold, the band have finally released their follow up. It’s good to see that, through all the trials and tribulation, the band were still able to put out new material.
Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day (Atlantic) #45, 9,250 sold
The legends drop 38% in week number 8. But hey, good times, bad times…
Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic), #47, 9,000 sold
For your entertainment, here is a totally not photoshopped picture of Kid Rock and Snoop Dog (er, Lion).
Deftones, Koi No Yokan (Reprise) #106, 3,650 sold
The fact that Periphery will be opening for Deftones makes my pants get tighter for some reason.
Soundgarden, King Animal (Universal) #112, 3,400 sold
Fun fact: the album art by Josh Graham is called The Last Equinox.
In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #134, 2,850 sold
This didn’t sell as much as last week, but it still moved up on the charts a bit.
Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones (Roadrunner) #142, 2,750 sold
Fans will only have to wait a little under a month to hear the first single off the next album.
Rock of Ages, Soundtrack (WaterTower Music) #143, 2,700 sold
Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #151, 2,500 sold
Did you know that Wolfgang Van Halen provides background vocals for the track “Here’s To Us”?
Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #159, 2,250 sold
I feel like the band might have been watching The Lion King when the wrote “The Pride”, but I could be wrong.
Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #167, 2,100 sold
Pretty amazing that this has only continued to sell in the past couple of weeks.
Aerosmith, Music From Another Dimension! (Columbia) #144, 2,050 sold
…while this has only continued to drop.
Pierce the Veil, Collide With the Sky (Fearless) #171, 2,025 sold
Pierce the Sales (eh, not my best).
All That Remains, A War You Cannot Win (Razor & Tie) #191, 1,800 sold
While the band tells us to “Stand Up” the charts tell them to “sit down”.
Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 900 sold
One of two bands on the charts with the word “crown” in the name.
Capture the Crown, `Til Death (Sumerian) 670 sold
The album is not in fact based on the cancelled show of the same name.
Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 600 sold
An 18% drop for this album for this week.
Woe, Is Me, Genesi[s] (Rise) 510 sold
A 41% drop for this album. Woe, is them.
The Amity Affliction, Chasing Ghosts (Roadrunner) 400 sold
Nice to see this band getting some recognition.
Wintersun, Time I (Nuclear Blast) 350 sold
This got a small boost in slaes this week.
Sleep, Dopesmoker (Southern Lord) 300 sold
Looks like people rushed out to buy something Matt Pike-related after hearing that High On Fire would be on the Metal Alliance Tour.
Graveyard, Lights Out (Nuclear Blast) 300 sold
A small drop in week number ten for this album.
The Devin Townsend Project, Epicloud (HevyDevy) 280 sold
Super stoked for new DTP material this year.
Witchcraft, Legend (Nuclear Blast) 280 sold
So, doom metal had a pretty chill week.
Texas In July, Texas In July (Equal Vision) 270 sold
What if the band put out an album in the month of July? And had a listening party in Texas? Think on that.
Pig Destroyer, Book Burner (Relapse) 270 sold
These guys will be at Decibel’s 100 Issue Celebration show on Saturday with the likes of Converge and Municipal Waste.
Bad Brains, Into The Future (Megaforce) 260 sold
The future probably doesn’t hold sales.
Neurosis, Honor Found in Decay (Neurot) 250 sold
This album is miserable, but in a really good way.
Pallbearer, Sorrow & Extinction (Profound Lore) 250 sold
The fact that the band plays funeral doom and is called Pallbearer can’t be a coincidence.