Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
This is one hell of a week for metal releases. Not only did big names like Korn and Hellyeah release new albums, but four new releases made it into the top 50 this week! The top ranking went to Korn’s newest album Korn III: Remember Who You Are, which ranked at number 2. Even though their first release for Roadrunner Records only sold around half as less than its predecessor Untitled, don’t consider it any less of a victory. Music in general is just not selling like it did in the past few years. Even Ozzy’s newest sold around half as less as its predecessor. So with the shape the industry is currently in, Korn has an especially awesome week.
Hellyeah, Stampede (Epic) #8, 28,400 sold
The supergroup’s sophomore album sold just enough to rank one spot higher than M.I.A. HELLYEAH!
In This Moment, A Star-Crossed Wasteland (Century Media) #39, 10,500 sold
The metalcore band’s third release also marks its highest ranking on the chats. Mayhem Fest might just help out with sales as well.
Norma Jean, Meridional (Razor & Tie) #44, 9,800 sold
For some reason for a brief second, I thought that Norma Jean was pronounced with a French accent. Bram hasn’t stopped making fun of me for the past week because of it … rightfully so.
Soilwork, The Panic Broadcast (Nuclear Blast)#84, 5,300
With the amount of work and love drummer Dirk Verbeuren explainedwent into their 8th studio album, I’m sure they’re pleased with the album’s solid first week.
Ozzy Osbourne, Scream (Epic) #26, 14,600 sold
The more I listen to this album, the more I actually get excited for Ozzfest this year. Crazy ain’t it?!
Bret Michaels, Custom Built (Poor Boy) #42, 9,900 sold
After a great first week, the Poison frontman is having … another great week. His latest solo record experiences a 56% decrease, but still sells enough to find its self in the top 50.
Godsmack, Oracle (Universal) #51, 8,400 sold
The band is planning to film their upcoming appearance at the Rock N’ Rev Festival in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 9. At this point, you might be thinking to yourself “Where did I just recently hear about this festival?”
AC/DC, AC/DC: Iron Man 2 (Columbia) #58 6,800 sold
The greatest hits package/soundtrack has sold just less than 360,000 in thirteen weeks.
Five Finger Death Punch, War Is The Answer (Prospect Park) #74, 5,500
About two weeks ago, Mike (one of our readers) asked when Five Finger Death Punch will sign with a major label, since they would surely be successful with whoever signs. However, with how well the album is still doing after 43 weeks on the chart, I think they don’t really need a major label.
Bullet For My Valentine, Fever (Jive) #79, 5,400 sold
A slight increase in sales sees the album jump nine spots up the charts.
Motley Crue, Greatest Hits (Motley Records) #112, 4,000 sold
Ok, you know, I’m just going to plain out ask: WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL BUYING THIS?! Is having a remix version of “The Animal In Me” that important to own?
Deftones, Diamond Eyes (Reprise) #125, 3,600 sold
Am I the only person who day dreams about the owl on the cover of Diamond Eyes challenging Bullet For My Valentine’s Crabgirl? Don’t judge me.
Parkway Drive, Deep Blue (Epitaph) #183, 2,600 sold
A 37% decrease sees the Aussies fall down the charts pretty fast.
Pierce The Veil, Selfish Machines (Equal Vision), 1,200 sold
Not too far off from where they were last week.
How to Destroy Angels, How to Destroy Angels (The Null Corporation) #134, 1,200
A 65% decrease for Trent Reznor’s new side project.
In Fear and Faith, Imperial (Rise) 730 sold
Should they be in fear of slipping further in sales? Not if they have faith…cue in drum snare to hide the corniness of that joke.
Nevermore, The Obsidian Conspiracy (Century Media) 700 sold
After weeks of slipping fast in sales, Nevermore seems to be hanging in tough.
iwrestledabearonce, It’s All Happening (Century Media) 670 sold
Guess who just started their stint on the Warped Tour the other day … that’s right! What gave it away?
Kingdom of Sorrow, Behind the Blackest Tears (Relapse) 660 sold
A 23% decrease for the sludge metal supergroup in their sixth week.
Eyes Set To Kill, Broken Frames (Break Silence) 630 sold
In six weeks, the group has sold just above 6,800.
We Came As Romans, To Plant A Seed (Equal Vision) 600 sold
Holy crap! A 56% increase from last week. How the hell do they keep selling? I’m not even mad, I’m actually impressed! (Extra points to whoever knows what movie I just quoted).
3 Inches Of Blood, Here Waits Thy Doom: Deluxe Edition (Century Media) 560
The deluxe edition of 2009’s Here Waits Thy Doom arrives just in time for Mayhem Fest.
A Plea for Purging, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Facedown) 520 sold
A huge 79% decrease for the band in their second week.
Texas Hippie Coalition, Rollin’ (Carved) 500 sold
A 48% decrease for THC in their second week. Looks like they’ll only be able to afford dirt weed now.
This Or The Apocalypse, Haunt What’s Left (Good Fight) 470 sold
After a brief absence for the past two weeks, This Or The Apocalypse’s sophomore album reappears on the radar.
Rhapsody of Fire, The Frozen Tears Of Angels (Nuclear Blast) 460 sold
Almost off the charts completely, but still an impressive run for the power metal Italians.