Metal By Numbers 3/14: How To Destroy Album Sales

Posted by on March 14, 2013

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

No, I’m not going to go into some kind of rant about illegal downloading as the title might suggest. It just happened to fit nicely with the top debut and album of the week, which made its way into the top 30. Besides, I’m sure none of the readers on this site would ever do anything bad ever. You’re all just a bunch of angels in as much as we are devout churchgoers who know to thank the Easter Bunny for dying for our sins. At least, I think that’s how it goes. Anyway, I digress. Take a look at the albums that topped the charts this week.


Notable Debuts

How To Destroy Angels, Welcome Oblivion (Columbia) #30, 12,150 sold

The Trent Renzor fronted band that isn’t Nine Inch Nails has released their debut album and taken a spot in the top 30, making it our top debut and album of the week.If you’re a Renzor fan, hopefully this will scratch your itch since there probably won’t be a new Nine Inch Nails for a while.


Soilwork, The Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast) #59, 7,775 sold

Soilwork have their best debut yet with album number nine, which is also the band’s first double album.


Rival Mob, Mob Justice (Revelation) 890 sold

This hardcore band of the Boston undergound manages to get themselves on the charts.


Rotting Christ, Kata Ton Diamona Eaytoy (Season of Mist) 620 sold

The Greek black metallers are back with album number eleven, which translates to “Do What Thou Wilt”.


Hatchet, Dawn of the End (The End) 330 sold

The Bay Area thrashers have made their way onto the charts.


Notable Sales

Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #69, 6,675 sold

No, not Rubber Soul. That’s some other band.


Red, Release the Panic (Provident) #74, 6,100 sold

Nearly 80,000 copies sold.


Bullet For My Valentine, Temper Temper (RCA) #76, 6,050 sold

Bullet for my sales.


Steven Wilson, The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) (Kscope) #115, 3,750 sold

Somehow, Steven Wilson managed to get Alan Parsons to engineer this album.


Buckcherry, Confessions (Century Media) #128, 3,425 sold

A 48% drop for this one.


Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day (Atlantic) #129, 3,425 sold

A zeppelin sized drop of 80% for this live album.


Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #137, 3,050 sold

This continues to sell as the band has new music on the way.


Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #121, 3,000 sold

Tell us of the story about how the Wild Ones discovered mascara.


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #140, 2,975 sold

This sold almost exactly the same amount as it did last week.


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #159, 2,750 sold

A bloody small boost this week.


Hollywood Undead, Notes from the Underground (A&M/Octone) #151, 2,125 sold

This will likely cross the 100,000 mark in a few weeks.


Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones (Roadrunner) #162, 2,600 sold

Steady sales continue for this album.


Deftones, Koi No Yokan (Reprise) #164, 2,575 sold

Here’s a tip: if these guys are coming to your city, do yourself a favor and see them.


Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #174, 2,475 sold

No signs of slowing down for this album.


Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #176, 2,450 sold

This has sold over 375,000 copies as of this week.


Coheed and Cambria, The Afterman: Descension (Hundred Handed) #191, 2,300 sold

This continues to descend down the charts.


Soundgarden, King Animal (Universal) #192, 2,275 sold

This is slowly inching its way back into the charts.


Within The Ruins, Elite (Entertainment One) 1,450 sold

This isn’t so elite in terms of sales.


Suffocation,  Pinnacle of Bedlam (Nuclear Blast) 820 sold

As Grace Descends, so does this album.


Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 760 sold

A small boost in sales for the album that never dies.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 700 sold

A falling out of sales.


Darkthrone, The Underground Resistance (Peaceville/Snapper)  620 sold

Fun fact: this peaked at #20 in Norway.


Stratovarius, Nemesis (Eagle Rock) 540 sold

This isn’t proving to be much of a nemesis to the charts.


The Bronx, The Bronx IV (ATO) 400 sold

This album is still hanging in there.


Woe, Is Me, Genesi[s] (Rise) 390 sold

Woe! A 28% boost in sales!


Capture the Crown, `Til Death (Sumerian) 410 sold

Crowns may also be referred to as “King Hats”.


Pissed Jeans, Honeys (Sub Pop) 370 sold

They could mean Pissed Jeans as in “My jeans are pissed off” but I doubt it.


Riverside, Shrine of a New Generation of Slaves (InsideOut) 340 sold

This is close to 3,000 total sales, which pales in comparison to sales in Poland.


The Amity Affliction, Chasing Ghosts (Roadrunner) 320 sold

Not much change for these Aussies.


Shai Hulud, Reach Beyond The Sun (Metal Blade) 310 sold

It’s a 35% drop for this one

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