Metal By Numbers 2/19: Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Charts

Posted by on February 19, 2014

crossesMetal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.

Does Chino Moreno ever take a moment to breathe? Deftones put out Koi No Yokan (or as I sometimes like to call it “the one that sounds like a Street Fighter move”) back in 2012, then Moreno teamed up with former members of Isis in Palms last year, and now we’re getting the debut album from Crosses (†††). Oh, and he’s toured with all three. Sheesh. I sometimes struggle just bringing a spoonful of cereal from my bowl to my mouth, much less creating music and touring endlessly for 3 years. In addition to Crosses (†††), there are debuts for Abandon All Ships, Van Canto, some random numbers for Cynic, and lots of sales boosts all around.

Notable Debuts:

Crosses (†††), Crosses (†††) (Sumerian) #25, 13,950 sold

After two EP’s since the band’s inception in 2011, Chino Moreno and company make a solid debut with Crosses’s (†††) first LP. If you haven’t seen their performance on Jimmy Kimmel, you can watch it here.


Abandon All Ships, Malocchio (Rise) 1,250 sold

The band’s third album doesn’t quite top the debut of their previous one, Infamous, which debuted at #145.


3 Years Hollow, The Cracks (Imagen) 1,050 sold

This is the debut albums from this band hailing from the Quad Cities.


Van Canto, Dawn of the Brave (Napalm) 420 sold

The a cappella metal band is back with an album including covers ranging from Europe to Black Sabbath.


Cynic, Kindly Bent To Free Us (Season of Mist) 370 sold

For the record, this isn’t the album’s actual debut. It wasn’t out in stores until yesterday but there were numbers on the charts (and it’s fucking Cynic) so it’s included. The real numbers will kindly bend to debut next week.


Notable Sales:

Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #49, 7,700 sold

Nearly 70,000 sold in total after three weeks following a 26% drop.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #60, 5,650 sold

After a 48% boost, this is on the brink of hitting the 200,000 mark.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #70, 5,250 sold

The band will be heading out on tour with Hellyeah, in case you wanted to know.


Within Temptation, Hydra (Nuclear Blast) #93, 4,075 sold

This gets hit with a second week 73% drop. Hopefully Xzibit is cool with that.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic), #105, 3,825 sold

This rose by 22% this week.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #112, 3,600 sold

With both FFDP albums receiving boosts, the total for both albums sold comes to over 550,000 sold.


Behemoth, The Satanist (Metal Blade) #115, 3,550 sold

A 65% drop? What devilry is this?


A Day To Remember, Common Courtesy (Self-Released) #117, 3,450 sold

A 17% boost brings this to nearly 175,000 sold.


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #143,  2,900 sold

A boost of 20% keeps this in the moment.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #150, 2,750 sold

Looks like the band’s tour is already helping out sales with a 28% boost.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #167, 2,525 sold

An 11% boost as the album sits on over 185,000 sold.


For Today, Fight The Silence (Razor & Tie) #170, 2,450  sold

A 77% drop this week in week two. I guess that if there is a God, he prefers The Satanist.


Queens of the Stone Age …Like Clockwork (Matador) #199, 2,025 sold

As this teeters at the bottom of the charts, a 10% boost brings it to over 230,000 sold.


Transatlantic, Kaleidoscope (InsideOut) 660 sold

The special edition of this album includes covers from bands like Yes and King Crimson.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 550 sold

A boost of 34% this week with more likely coming as the band’s tour with Between The Buried And Me kicks off tomorrow.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 540 sold

Whatever these guys are doing to keep record sales going, it’s apparently working.


Sunn O)))/Ulver, Terrestrials (Southern Lord) 510 sold

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has thought this, but I always think of Sunn O))) when I drive by a Sun Nation Bank.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 510 sold

A 37% boost as this album continues to sell.


Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 410 sold

A tiny boost of 7%.


Devour the Day,  Time & Pressure (Fat Lady) 400 sold

There’s something funny about a band with “devour” in their name on a label called Fat Lady.


After The Burial, Wolves Within  (Sumerian) 390 sold

A 29% boost as the band prepares to head on tour with Animals As Leaders.


Exmortus, Slave To The Sword (Prosthetic) 350 sold

Just so you know, we got the album name wrong last week. It’s Slaved To The Sword and not Slave To The World. This means that instead of making “Slave New World” jokes, we can make jokes about the band in relation to The Sword.


Nashville Pussy, Up the Dosage (SPV) 300 sold

You can’t keep these puppies off the charts for long with a 44% boost.


Russian Circles, Memorial (Sargent House) 310 sold

A big boost of 201% brings this back on the charts.


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