Metal By Numbers 3/11 – In God We (Still) Trust

Posted by on March 11, 2009

wrathMetal 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 that have metal shows, as well as SiriusXM, Music Choice, and more.

Lamb of God takes a predictable second week slide, but they’ve still got the #12 album in the country, which is amazing. Otherwise, it’s a pretty slow week for debuts, unless you’re U2 (both Sepultura and P.O.D have covered “Bullet the Blue Sky”) or Rush (they sorta can be classified as Metal, or at least could in the ’70s and ’80s). A few body parts make up other notable debuts. Uh, huh huh huh. FMQB’s chart sees Chimaira claim most added, while the top ten shuffles around without any significant movement.

Notable Debuts:

Rush, Retrospective 3 (Atlantic) #47, 10,500 copies sold
The Canadian trio’s ’90s and ’00s output is the subject of this comp.

Revolting Cocks, Sex-O Olympic-O (Megaforce) 800 copies sold
Ministry frontman Al Jourgenson’s side project lives again!

Nashville Pussy, From Hell to Texas (SPV) 800 copies sold.
If we were juvenile, we’d make a pun about this band and the one above it. So tempting…

Notable Sales:

Lamb of God, Wrath (Epic) #12, 22,000 copies sold
This album will cross 100,000 sold next week. Amazing!

Kid Rock, Rock N’ Roll Jesus (Atlantic) #33, 13,000 copies sold
All summer long? Winter, too! More country than metal these days, but still, gotta hand it to Kid.

Hollywood Undead, Swan Songs (Octone) #46, 10,500 copies sold
Coming soon to a shirt on an amusement park attendee near you!

Metallica, Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.) #69, 8,000 copies sold
Going to SXSW? You might get to see them play if the rumors are true.

Slipknot, All Hope is Gone (Roadrunner), #81, 7,000 copies sold.
People = Sales!

AC/DC, Black Ice (Columbia) #82, 6,700 copies sold
Over 2 million sold and still going.

Guns N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy (Geffen), #109, 4,000 copies sold
Don’t you cry for Axl Rose (see what i did there?). He sold about the same as he did last week.

Mudvayne, The New Game (Epic) #167, 3,200 copies sold
Still in the game. Wow, my puns are awful.

God Forbid, Earthsblood (Century Media) 2,500 copies sold
8,000 copies sold – a great second week for one of metal’s most unheralded bands.

Bring Me The Horizon, Suicide Season (Epitaph) 1,500 copies sold
An up week from the band that’s stealing the show on the Taste of Chaos tour.

Satyricon, The Age Of Nero (E1) 550 copies sold
Consistently selling.

Bury Your Dead, Bury Your Dead (Victory) 550 copies sold.
Even before they jump on the road with the “Music as a Weapon” tour, their album re-appears on the sales chart.

FMQB Most Added

1. Chimaira, “Secrets of the Dead” single (Ferret Music)
2. Derek Sherinian, Molecular Heinosity (SPV)
3. Kylesa, Static Tensions (Prosthetic)
4. Agonist, Lullabies for the Dormant Mind (Century Media)
5. Into the Moat, The Campaign (Metal Blade)

FMQB Top Ten Albums

1. Lamb of God, Wrath (Epic)
2. Sepultura, A-Lex (SPV)
3. God Forbid, Earthsblood (Century Media)
4. Kreator, Hordes of Chaos (SPV)
5. Mastodon, “Divinations” single (Reprise)
6. Cannibal Corpse, Eviscaration Plague (Metal Blade)
7. Satyricon, The Age of Nero (E1)
8. Napalm Death, Time Waits for No Slave (Century Media)
9. Wino, Punctuated Equilibrium (Southern Lord)
10. Woe of Tyrants, Kingdom of Might (Metal Blade)

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