Metal By Numbers 4/30: The charts have seen better days

Posted by on April 30, 2014

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

Winger and Sebastian Bach, huh? I would exclaim “What year is it?!” if not for the fact that there’s also a new Aborted album. Otherwise, it’s slim pickins in terms of debuts for this week. In fact, the #10 album nationwide only sold a paltry 13,800 copies, a new low. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go pay respects to something else from the late ’80s: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring the late great Bob Hoskins.


Notable Debuts:

Sebastian Bach, Give ‘Em Hell (Frontiers)

The  former Skid Row frontman’s fifth solo album is his best chart debut ever not with Skid Row. Fun fact: Duff McKagan played bass on it. Another fun fact: Sebastian Bach doesn’t like our website much at all.


Winger, Better Days Comin’ (Frontiers) #79, 3,600 sold

Not what you were expecting this week, eh? The band’s fifth album is out, and if you want to hear what they sound like in 2014 you can do so here.


Aborted, Necrotic Manifesto (Century Media) 320 sold

The band’s eighth studio album slaughters its way to the charts.


Notable Sales:

Chevelle, La Gargola (Epic) #47, 5,500 sold

Still in the top 50 after 34% drop.


Black Label Society, Catacombs of the Black Vatican (eOne) #57, 4,550 sold

A drop of 41% this week.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #81, 3,600 sold

This sticks around with only a 12% drop.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #86, 3,525 sold

Just under 460,000 sold. 


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #99, 3,200 sold

So the band came away with two Revolver Golden God awards. Yay?


Sevendust, Time Travelers & Bonfires (7brothers) #101, 3,200 sold

A second week 78% drop.


Various Artists, Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life (Rhino) #118, 2,675 sold

Honestly, with Metallica’s “Ronnie Rising” track, I would be okay if the next Metallica album turned out to be Garage Inc. Part II.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #149, 2,175 sold

The album is at a higher position than last week (#182) but still had a drop of 4%.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #165, 2,075 sold

Looks like Lenny got a hold of this one with a 30% drop (if you don’t get that reference, go read a book, jeez).


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #175, 1,925 sold

Just under 380,000 sold.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #177, 1,900 sold

Let’s take a minute to observe that there aren’t many other successful band’s named after a quote from Pirates of the Caribbean. 


Memphis May Fire, Unconditional (Rise) #180, 1,875 sold

A drop of 39%.


Emmure, Eternal Enemies (Victory) #194, 1,775 sold

Did you see Emmure’s totally not stupid t-shirt that was pulled from their online store?


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #197, 1,750 sold

This doesn’t rise from a 30% drop.


Triptykon, Melana Chasmata (Century Media) 1,000 sold

I was listening to this while writing and then briefly paused so I could judge the new Winger track. Somewhere, a black metal fan is doubled over and shrieking.


Kyng, Burn The Serum (Razor & Tie) 940 sold

A drop of 59%.


I Declare War, We Are Violent People By Nature (Artery) 670 sold

Apparently, a violent nature brings sales down by 58%.


Cilver, In My Head (LP Media)  570 sold

This pops back up on the charts again.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 490 sold

Another boost of 9%.


Cult Leader, Nothing For Us Here (Deathwish Inc.) 480 sold

A 24% drop.


Nothing, Guilty of Everything (Relapse) 420 sold

A 54% boost brings this back up from nothing.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 420 sold

Just under 20,000 sold.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 390 sold

Nobody puts Babymetal in the corner..except after a 27% drop.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 370 sold

Bathing in a 27% drop.


For The Fallen Dreams, Heavy Hearts (Rise) 370 sold

Fallen by a 43% drop.


Delain, The Human Contradiction (Napalm) 350 sold

A 53% drop is only human.


Gamma Ray, Empire of the Undead (Eagle Rock) 340 sold

The Japanese bonus track is titled “Someday”, which is presumably not a Nickleback cover.


Sonata Arctica, Pariah’s Child (Nuclear Blast) 330 sold

A 21% drop.


Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 320 sold

A 12% boost keeps the fire going.


Kataklysm, Waiting For The End To Come (Nuclear Blast) 410 sold

The band’s US tour has caused this to resurface.


The Birds of Satan, The Birds of Satan (Shanabelle) 289 sold

The wings are clipped with an 80% drop.

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