Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Another year, another Grammy Awards Ceremony that most metalheads probably ignored in favor of something that wasn’t hosted by LL Cool J. Inevitably, a huge surge in sales for winners and nominees occured this week (except for a certain winner for best hard rock/metal performance, ironically). So you would think that, in a world full of Justin Biebers and Katy Perrys (see also: boobs), metal wouldn’t stand a chance on the charts this week, right? Wrong. Its actually been a pretty good week for metal, with one act appearing on the charts twice, and in the top 10 no less. Not too shabby, eh?
Red, Release the Panic (Provident) #7 (Provident) 41,500 sold
What would Jesus buy? Well, if he liked a somewhat generic rock band named after a color, he’d pick up this Christian rock band’s fourth album.
Coheed and Cambria, The Afterman: Descension (Hundred Handed) #9, 40,600 sold
Even Grammy sales boosts couldn’t stop Coheed and Cambria from making their way into the top 10 this week. This debuted only slightly lower than Ascension, but that’s irrelevent when you consider a) how good of a debut this is post-Grammys and b) Ascension is on the charts as well.
Silverstein, This Is How The Wind Shifts (Hopeless) #59, 8,925 sold
Album number seven from this post-hardcore act breaks into the top 60 and is also the first not to feature long time guitarist Neil Boshart.
The Bronx, The Bronx IV (ATO) #147, 3,100 sold
The Bronx are back with what is actually album number six for them, with the previous two albums bearing the names of the band’s alter egos, Mariachi El Bronx.
Riverside, Shrine of a New Generation of Slaves (InsideOut) 1,100 sold
Polish progressive rockers get a good start with album number five. Apparently, this album debuted at number 2 over in Poland, whereas Tim McGraw is number 2 over here. Way to go, America.
Those Who Fear, Unholy Anger (Facedown) 630 sold
This Christian hardcore act just put out their debut album.
Funeral For A Friend, Conduit (The End) 600 sold
More post-hardcore on the charts with Welsh act Furneral For A Friend putting out album number six.
Destruction, Spiritual Genocide (Nuclear Blast) 530 sold
Technically, this album from these German thrashers came out back in November last year, but it only just reached our shores. Because of the delay in release, the American version of the album gets five bonus tracks
Local H, The Another February EP (Slimstyle) 500 sold
This EP from the Illinois duo comes six months after the release of their seventh studio album. It’s a good debut for an EP.
Rings of Saturn, Dingir (Unique Leader) 440 sold
Technical deathcore act Rings of Saturn puts out album number two with more songs influenced space and aliens that could probably turn Giorgio A. Tsoukalos into a full-blown metalhead.
Ancient VVisdom, Deathlike (Prosthetic) 320 sold
Proving that acoustic guitars (or grandpa’s guitars as Dethklok might say) are quite metal, Ancient VVisdom debut on the charts with album number two.
Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day (Atlantic) #98, 4,925 sold
The best part about this album is that Kid Rock is not longer anywhere to be found.
Hatebreed, The Divinity of Purpose (Razor & Tie) #101, 4,750 sold
A second week drop, but Hatebreed is also preparing another awesome tour.
Hollywood Undead, Notes from the Underground (A&M/Octone) #105, 4,300 sold
Do any of the notes from the underground tell you how to keep your album from dropping?
Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #106, 4,225 sold
The Wild Ones sound like a motorcycle gang ranging from ages 10-12.
Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones (Roadrunner) #130, 3,475 sold
There’s a new lyric video out for these guys if you weren’t aware.
Deftones, Koi No Yokan (Reprise) #136, 3,300 sold
This could pass 150,000 in a few weeks if it keeps selling like this.
Coheed and Cambria, The Afterman: Ascension (Hundred Handed) #140, 3,200
BOOM. Coheed and Cambria are on the charts twice. That’s right, metal bands can have more than one album on the charts too.
Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #149, 3,075 sold
And another hefty boost to Shinedown.
Soundgarden, King Animal (Universal) #151, 3,025 sold
Another drop in sales, but still going steady.
Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #156, 2,900 sold
The strange case of not getting a sales boost after winning a Grammy.
In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #159, 2,875 sold
Hanging in there after crossing the 120,000 mark this week.
Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #174, 2,650 sold
This is fast approaching the 200,000 mark.
Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #192, 2,350 sold
If there was ever a fighting video game staring this band, their finishing moves would either be their namesake or just chucking gold records at oppenents.
Tomahawk, Oddfellows (Ipecac) #199, 2,200 sold
This album is clinging onto the charts.
Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 830 sold
This album just sold over 20,000 copies total. Not quite an empire yet, but not bad.
Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 800 sold
This album got a 21% boost this week.
Voivod, Target Earth (Century Media) 500 sold
And yet the album art looks nothing like Earth.
Woe, Is Me, Genesi[s] (Rise) 490 sold
A small boost in sales indicates a good week for Rise Records.
Capture the Crown, `Til Death (Sumerian) 450 sold
If you play the album backwards, it sounds like Brad Garrett strangling Ray Romano.
The Plot In You, Could You Watch Your Children Burn (Rise) 420 sold
These guys just finished opening for Emmure and Whitechapel on The Brothers of Brutality tour.
Upon A Burning Body, Red.White. Green. (Sumerian) 420 sold
Apparently, all the the track titles on this album are name after films. And not all of them good ones.
Holy Grail, Ride The Void (Prosthetic) 400 sold
For your entertainment, here’s a picture of Holy Grail with Eddie.
Avatar, Black Waltz (eOne Entertainment) 380 sold
Guess the band’s first visit to America helped them re-debut on the charts.
The Shrine, Primative Blast (Tee Pee) 370 sold
Apparently, this album has been out since July 2012. Better late than never?
For All I Am, Skinwalker (Equal Vision) 340 sold
With a boost in sales, it looks like these guys are getting a following.
The Amity Affliction, Chasing Ghosts (Roadrunner) 340 sold
Fun fact: One bonus track on the album is a Lana Del Rey cover. Not that you should rush out to get it because of that.
Texas In July, Texas In July (Equal Vision) 320 sold
Album sales still going strong for the not-Texas based band.