Metal By Numbers 2/4 – Business As Usual

Posted by on February 4, 2009


Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top sellers of the week as well as what’s getting played at Metal Radio courtesy of radio trade magazine FMQB, whose metal panel consists of about 80 college and commercial stations, as well as SiriusXM, Music Choice, and more.

Unless you played the halftime of the Super Bowl, you probably didn’t sell too many albums this week. Not many debuts this week. Actually, no metal debuts made it in the top 200. At least there’s some new blood coming soon, with Lamb of God and God Forbid releasing albums that will impact in a few weeks. FMQB stays pretty status quo as well.

Notable Debuts:

Edguy, Tinnitus Sanctus (Nuclear Blast) 600 copies sold
The German power metal band’s album is the pretty much the only metal album to make a sales dent this week, unless Hoobastank counts.

Notable Sales: (presented without comment this week)

Metallica, Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.) #47, 11,000 copies sold

AC/DC, Black Ice (Columbia) #48, 11.000 copies sold

Slipknot, All Hope is Gone (Roadrunner), #79, 7,200 copies sold.

Guns N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy (Geffen), #84, 6,750 copies sold

Mudvayne, The New Game (Epic) #125, 4,200 copies sold

Five Finger Death Punch, The Way of the Fist (The Firm) #177, 3,000 copies sold

Bring Me The Horizon, Suicide Season (Epitaph) 1,200 copies sold

Kreator, Hordes of Chaos (SPV) #165, 900 copies sold.

Satyricon, The Age Of Nero (KOCH) 900 copies sold

The Answer, Never Too Late (The End) 550 copies sold

The Sword, Gods of the Earth (Kemado) 550 copies sold

Saxon, Into the Labyrinth (SPV) 400 copies sold

FMQB Most Added

1. This Ending, Dead Harvest (Metal Blade)
2. Emergency Gate, Rewake (Silverwolf Productions)
3. Luna Mortis, The Absence (Century Media)
4. Devian, God to the Ill-Fated (Century Media)
5. Castrofate, Cacaclysmic Insanity (Cataclysmic Metal Records)

FMQB Top Ten Albums

1. Lamb of God, “Set To Fail” (Epic)
2. Kreator, Hordes of Chaos (SPV)
3. Sepultura, A-Lex (SPV)
4. Cannibal Corpse, Eviscaration Plague (Metal Blade)
5. Satyricon, The Age of Nero (KOCH)
6. Gojira, The Way of All Flesh (Prosthetic)
7. Woe of Tyrants, Kingdom of Might (Metal Blade)
8. Cradle of Filth, Godspeed On the Devil’s Thunder (Roadrunner)
9. Cynic, Traced In Air (Season of Mist)
10. Six Feet Under, Death Rituals (Metal Blade)

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