Metal By Numbers 4/2: Unconditional Joy

Posted by on April 2, 2014

Memphis May Fire

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

I honestly wasn’t aware that Memphis May Fire was that popular. Anyways, an excellent top 5 debut for the band, but it’s the second highest debut that’s got us excited. How well can a progressive metal band consisting of three members and no singer do in terms of sales? Very well, actually. When a band like Animals As Leaders is so successful, it says a lot not only about metal, but music in general and how musicianship is appreciated in this day and age. Sure, there are other great similar acts that predate Animals As Leaders (Pelican, Russian Circles to name a few), but this is quite the breakthrough. But enough gushing; enjoy the charts.

Notable Debuts:

Memphis May Fire, Unconditional (Rise) #4, 27,400 sold

The band crack the top 5 with their best debut yet.


Animals As Leaders, The Joy of Motion (Sumerian) #23, 13,000 sold

Tosin Abasi and company make a big impact on the charts with their third album.


Wolfmother, New Crown (Self-Released) #137, 2,600 sold

After keeping quiet for a few years, Wolfmother have returned with a surprise new album.


Hundredth, Resist (Mediakare) #143, 2,525 sold

The band’s new EP follows their previous EP, Revolt, from last year.


Notable Sales:

The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #41, 8,050 sold

A second week 77% drop, but this is still in the top 50.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #76, 4,450 sold

Still not going anywhere, in case you were worried.


Demon Hunter, Extremist (Solid State)#96, 3,650 sold

An extreme drop of 80% in week two.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #112, 3,025 sold

In case you missed it (somehow) Avenged Sevenfold is officially confirmed as Mayhem’s headliner much to no one’s surprise.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #89, 3,900 sold

At week 40, this has reached over 250,000 sold.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #115, 2,900 sold

I wonder if the band wanted to title this Restoring Balance To The Force, but couldn’t because, you know, copyright.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #130, 2,750 sold

35 weeks on the charts and this is over 370,000 sold.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #146, 2,400 sold

50 weeks later, this is still selling pretty consistently with just under 200,000 sold.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #172, 2,175 sold

This sells about the same amount as last week.


A Day To Remember, Common Courtesy (Self-Released) #187, 2,025 sold

Over 190,000 sold.


KXM, KXM (Rat Pak) #188, 2,000 sold

A drop of 64%.


Intervals, A Voice Within (Self-Released) 560 sold

Finally, a tour boost of 79% comes in.


Architects, Lost Forever // Lost Together (Epitaph) 490 sold

A drop of 34%.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 440 sold

Another small climb up with a 3% boost.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 430 sold

I’ve got nothing, so here’s a comic  based on Fallout 3.


Doyle, Abominator (MonsterMan) 400 sold

Not sure why this keeps popping up, so feel free to comment if you think you know.


Comeback Kid, Die Knowing (Victory) 390 sold

A 19% drop.


Nothing, Guilty of Everything (Relapse) 370 sold

A 44% drop? That’s nothing.


Gus G., I Am The Fire (Century Media) 330 sold

A second week drop of 53%.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 330 sold

Well that was fun while it lasted.


Thy Art Is Murder, Hate (Nuclear Blast) 325 sold

Not much to hate about a 3% drop.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 310 sold

We’ll see more numbers for this album when the band tours in June.


Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 310 sold

I’ll just leave this here.


Týr, Valkyrja (Metal Blade) 290 sold

This one pops up again thanks to their tour with Children of Bodom.



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