Metal By Numbers 3/4 – God It’s A Good Week For Metal!

Posted by on March 5, 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 that have metal shows, as well as SiriusXM, Music Choice, and more.

We knew that Lamb of God were going to have a good debut week, but we were on the fence as to whether that would mean that they would invade the charts at #2! As Stabitha Christie commented to us, “satan just officially won the battle of good v. evil,” when LoG have a bigger debut week than the Jonas Brothers! Amazing. Meanwhile, God Forbid, the other white meat metal band with God in their name, have by far the best debut of their career with Earthsblood selling over 5,000 copies its first week out. Meanwhile at FMQB, Queensryche comes out of retirement to snag most added.

Notable Debuts:

Lamb of God, Wrath (Epic) #2, 67,000 copies sold
LoG is LOLing all the way to #2. Sorry Beyonce, Jonas Bros., and Lady Gaga, pure metal takes presedence over you this week!

God Forbid, Earthsblood (Century Media) #110, 5,400 copies sold
Easily the best debut of their career, and a good lead into the upcoming tour with the #2 band in the country!

Notable Sales:

Hollywood Undead, Swan Songs (Octone) #54, 10,500 copies sold
Who would win in a fight, a juggalo or a Hollywood Undead fan? That’d be a fun death match to watch!

Metallica, Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.) #69, 8,900 copies sold
1.6 million sold.

AC/DC, Black Ice (Columbia) #82, 7,600 copies sold
This album keeps on selling!

Slipknot, All Hope is Gone (Roadrunner), #85, 7,500 copies sold.
Another great week for the ‘knot.

Guns N’ Roses, Chinese Democracy (Geffen), #109, 4,000 copies sold
Axl’s taking the band on the road? Awesome! Wait, what band?

Mudvayne, The New Game (Epic) #149, 3,800 copies sold
Closing in in 170,000 sold.
Bring Me The Horizon, Suicide Season (Epitaph) 1,250 copies sold
BMTH will cross the 40,000 sold barrier next week. Pretty amazing for kids that aren’t old enough to drink yet.

Skindred, Roots Rock Riot (Bieler Bros.) 700 copies sold
These guys have slowly sold 32,000 copies of their album.

The Bakerton Group, El Rojo (Weathermaker) 700 copies sold
Only a 25% drop for Clutch’s side project in its second week.

Napalm Death, Time Waits For No Slave (Century Media) 600 copies sold
Good album. Good sales.

Satyricon, The Age Of Nero (E1) 550 copies sold
As their tour wraps up, their album has sold over 6,000.

FMQB Most Added

1. Queensryche, “If I Were King” (Rhino)
2. Psychostick, Sandwich (Rock Ridge)
3. Buried Inside, Spoils Of Failure (Relapse )
4 (tied). Antigima, Warning (Relapse)
4 (tied). Suidakra, Crogacht (SPV/Wacken)

FMQB Top Ten Albums

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

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