Metal By Numbers 3/7:Veil Of Maya Eclipses Previous Chart Position

Posted by on March 7, 2012

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

The charts are flooded this week with new metal/ hard rock releases, with four of the twelve debuts cracking the top 200. However, this week’s top debut comes from one of Sumerian Records’ biggest acts, Veil Of Maya. The deathcore group started to make big waves with [id], which debuted just outside the top ten with over 4,000 copies sold in 2010. However, their fourth album Eclipse easily tramples that, selling around 7,750 copies and only two spots away from cracking the top 60.

Such impressive sales, especially almost two years after their last release, shows that their fan base has been growing rapidly. That, and their opening stint for In Flames and Trivium last month helped quite a bit as well.


Notable Debuts:

Veil Of Maya, Eclipse (Sumerian) #62, 7,750 sold
If the In Flames and Trivium tour helped Veil Of Maya’s sales out, then imagine what this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour will do for them.


Eluveitie, Helvetios (Nuclear Blast) #109, 4,240 sold
Not only does Eluveitie experience their highest first week debut in the States (2010’s Everything Remains opened with 1,600 copies), but their fifth full length album is also the highest ranking folk metal release in the top 200 this week.


Corrosion Of Conformity, Corrosion Of Conformity (Candlelight) #120, 3,840 sold
The reformed stoner metal group’s first album in 6 years (and first with drummer Reed Mullin in almost 12 years) falls a few spots behind 2006’s In the Arms of God (which debuted at #108). Regardless, this is a great first week for C.O.C.


I The Breather, Truth and Purpose (Sumerian) #179, 2,600 sold
An impressive top 200 debut for Sumerian’s Christian metal group, who will likely get an even bigger boost in sales once Mayhem Fest kicks off.


Napalm Death, Utilitarian (Century Media) 2,180 sold
The death metal/ grindcore legends’ fifteenth studio album  falls slightly short of cracking the top 200. Nonetheless, an impressive first week for Napalm Death indeed.


T.R.A.M., Lingua Franca (Sumerian) 1,480 sold
A solid first week for the instrumental prog supergroup, featuring members of Animals As Leaders, The Mars Volta, and Suicidal Tendencies.


Asphyx, Deathhammer (Century Media) 780 sold
The Dutch doom/death metal band’s eight studio album (and second since reforming in 2007) has a strong first week.


Caliban, I Am Nemesis (Century Media) 650 sold
A solid first week for the German metalcore group, especially considering that it was released a few weeks earlier outside the States.


Death, Vivus! (Relapse) 520 sold
Congrats to Larry and Tyler for winning our Vivus! giveaway.


Christian Mistress, Possession (Relapse) 520 sold
Check out what drummer Reuben Storey told us about Christian Mistress’ sound and first release via Relapse Records.


Autopsy, All Tomorrow’s Funerals (Peaceville) 400 sold
A decent first week for the old school death metal group’s collection of new songs, re-recordings and past EPs/rarities.


Terrorizer, Hordes of Zombies (Season of Mist) 380 sold
We doubt that a plagiarism lawsuit had any effect on the grindcore group’s low album sales.


Notable Sales:

Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope) #7, 25,240 sold
Roth and the Van Halen clan remain in the top ten after four weeks even with an 11% decrease in sales. Fair to say that their current North American tour is giving this album a little more lasting power on the charts.


Korn, The Path of Totality (Roadrunner) #66, 7,560 sold
The nu-metal pioneers jump up the charts by nine spots thanks to a 25% increase in sales. The sudden boost is likely thanks to Amazon’s one day $3.99 sale, and likely has nothing to do with this video.


Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #71, 6,960 sold
Looks like The Devil’s Carnival, featuring frontman Ivan Moody as a hobo clown, is hitting the road.


Foo Fighters, Wasting Light (RCA) #74, 6,300 sold
Dave Grohl and co. drop another 21 spots down the charts with a 20% decrease in sales. After 47 weeks, though, they’ve sold slightly over 734,000 copies.


Lamb of God, Resolution (Epic) #112, 4,040 sold
After six weeks, LOG have been kicked out of the top 100. Don’t cry for them though, they’ll pass 100,000 sold in a few weeks.


Metallica, Beyond Magnetic EP (Warner Bros.) #113, 4,030 sold
Could this technically be Metallica’s last release via Warner Music Group?


Chevelle, Hats Off to the Bull (Epic) #119, 3,920 sold
The alt/hard rock trio find themselves nine spots down the charts in their thirteenth week.


Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare (Warner Bros.) #182, 2,550 sold
Despite only a 2% decrease in sales, A7X find themselves 19 spots down the charts.


Disturbed,  Lost Children (Reprise) #184, 2,500 sold
What will frontman David Draiman talk about on That Metal Show this season?


Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #193, 2,410 sold
Gigantour may have come to an end last week, but Volbeat are still seeing great results from the tour.


Goatwhore, Blood for the Master (Metal Blade) 810 sold
Despite a 16% decrease in sales, Goatwhore have sold over 5,000 copies in three weeks. And chances are their stint on the Summer Slaughter Tour will help sales down the road.


Like Moths To Flames, When We Don’t Exist (Rise) 500 sold
Does Like Moths To Flames meet the “standard” for Rise Records signings?


Earth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II (Southern Lord) 470 sold
Another 27% decrease in sales for the seminal drone band’s second installment of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Night in its third week on the charts.

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