Metal By Numbers 4/25: Losing Force On The Charts

Posted by on April 25, 2012

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

This week, the top hard rock debut comes from Canadian Christian group Thousand Foot Krutch. However, the real top metal debut comes from a band that’s gone through its fair share of changes over the years. Armed with new singer Marc Hudson, Dragonforce have released their first album in almost four years. So how did The Power Within do? Debuting at number #68 with 5,770 copies sold, Dragonforce fall pretty short of copying the success of 2008’s The Ultra Beatdown (which opened with roughly 24,000 copies at #18). While this seems pretty rough, there are two things to remember:

1. Besides a few one-off shows, including the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest this past weekend, Dragonforce hasn’t done any real touring in North America. Their first proper tour in support of the album just kicked off at the NEMHF.

2. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: it’s hard for any band to sell what they did two years ago, let alone four.

So it may not be the most successful first week sales, but it’s still a solid start for a band that’s been away for a while now.


Notable Debuts:

Thousand Foot Krutch, The End Is Where We Begin (TFKmusic) #14, 23,250 sold
A very impressive debut for the Christian nu-metal group, especially since they self-released it.


Dragonforce, The Power Within (Roadrunner) #68, 5,770 sold
Here’s hoping that their current tour with Huntress and Holy Grail will remind more fans that they got a new album out now.


Hank Williams III, Long Gone Daddy (Curb) #84, 4,570 sold
The Assjack/ Arson Anthem/ Superjoint Ritual member’s (also Hank William Jr.’s son) latest country album has an impressive first week.


Tomahawk, Eponymous To Anonymous (Ipecac) 1,060 sold
It appear that Tomahawk’s vinyl set (including all three of their albums) appears to have done well on Record Store Day.


Primal Rock Rebellion, Awoken Broken (Spinefarm) 470 sold
We thought more Iron Maiden fans would’ve picked this album up, which features guitarist Adrian Smith collaborating with SikTh co-singer Mikee Goodman.


Notable Sales:

Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #22, 15,340 sold
Shinedown have already been rumored to participate in this year’s Uproar Tour, but it looks like an official announcement could be coming soon.


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #38, 10,700 sold
Last week’s top hard rock debut experiences a 55% decrease in sales, which isn’t that strange.


Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope) #59, 6,780 sold
After eleven weeks on the charts, Van Halen’s latest album has sold around 363,500 copies.


Metallica, Beyond Magnetic EP (Warner Bros.) #72, 5,580 sold
After being absent from the charts for three weeks, Metallica’s b-side EP comes back right outside the top 70. This enormous spike in sales most likely has to do with the Record Store Day vinyl release.


Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #83, 4,850 sold
Looks like FFDP are planning to trespass America with a few other bands this Summer.


Demon Hunter, True Defiance (Solid State) #96, 4,080 sold
A 67% decrease in sales finds the Christian metalcore group four spots away from exiting the top 100 in their second week.


Foo Fighters, Wasting Light (RCA) #135, 3,000 sold
After 54 weeks, the Foo Fighters have sold around 760,690 copies of their latest album.


Korn, The Path of Totality (Roadrunner) #155, 2,710 sold
Like we said before, winning “album of the year” at the Revolver Golden Gods doesn’t equal to album sales.


Accept, Stalingrad (Nuclear Blast) #197, 2,130 sold
After a very impressive first week, the German metal legends drop 121 spots down the charts thanks in part to a 60% decrease in sales. Still a successful run for the band, but we guess we’ll have to accept the fact that they won’t be on the charts for much longer.


Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) 1,800 sold
Another 12% increase in sales proves that the Danish rockabilly metal group’s latest album is beyond going away anytime soon.


Upon A Burning Body, Red. White. Green. (Sumerian) 1,660 sold
A 59% decrease in sales is enough to kick the Sumerian act out of the top 200 in their second week.


Municipal Waste, The Fatal Feast (Nuclear Blast) #152, 2,680 sold
Also getting kicked out of the top 200 thanks to a 62% decrease in sales is Virginia’s favorite metal group (that’s not named Lamb Of God or GWAR).


Jeff Loomis, Plains of Oblivion (Century Media) 750 sold
The former Nevermore guitarist doesn’t fare much better either, getting kicked out of the top 200 after experiences a 74% decrease in sales.


God Forbid, Equilibrium (Victory) 630 sold
The NJ metalcore group just kicked off their tour with Overkill, but another 23% decrease in sales doesn’t give us high hopes that this album will be on the charts for much longer. Hopefully, though, the Trespass America Festival will help sales out further this Summer.


Pelican, Ataraxia/Taraxis (Southern Lord) 550 sold
The instrumental sludge metal group might have experienced another 57% decrease in sales, but they’re still doing better than drummer Larry Herweg’s other band ÆGES, whose new album The Bridge came out this week.


3 Inches Of Blood, Long Live Heavy Metal (Century Media) 480 sold
Another 33% decrease in sales for the Canadian metal group in their fourth week on the charts.


Ghost, Opus Eponymous (Rise Above) 380 sold
Despite a modest 5% decrease in sales, the Swedish doom rock group’s sudden return to the charts is proog that the Mastodon and Opeth’s tour is definitely paying off for them.


Corrosion Of Conformity, Corrosion Of Conformity (Candlelight) 370 sold
After eight weeks, the reformed stoner metal group have sold over 10,000 copies of their latest album.


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