Metal By Numbers 7/28: A Cold Week For Album Sales

Posted by on July 28, 2011

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

About a month ago, Limp Bizkit were the top metal/hard rock debut of the week. Now a fellow nu-metal band that was also more relevant in early 00’s is this week’s biggest hard rock release. Though never reaching the same heights as Fred Durst and co., Cold gained success thanks to hits like “Stupid Girl” and “Suffocate.” However, since disbanding in 2006 and despite reforming in 2009, Cold seemed to have disappeared for good. That’s why, even though it doesn’t match the same success as their previous albums, we’re a little surprise to see Cold’s new album Superfiction crack the top 40. Then again, the album’s lead single “Wicked World” has been doing pretty well on radio. Guess the power of radio and nostalgia can go a long way for any band.

Notable Debuts:

Cold, Superfiction (Eleven Seven) #35, 11,320 sold
How does Cold’s first album since reforming match up with their previous releases? Well, 2003’s Year Of The Spider debuted at #3 and sold over 101,000 copies, while 2006’s A Different Kind Of Pain debuted at #26 and sold over 36,000 copies. While it’s a far cry from their heyday, Superfiction’s first week sales are pretty good considering that it’s been five years since Cold last released new material.

Chelsea Grin, My Damnation (Artery/Razor & Tie) #60, 6,790 sold
The deathcore group’s sophomore album is also their highest ranking debut to date. They definitely deserve some credit for that.

Attack Attack!, Attack Attack! (Deluxe Edition) (Rise) #89, 5,170 sold
Considering that this is a “deluxe edition” of an album that came out last Summer, Attack Attack!’s first week sales are very impressive to say the least. It’s got a handful of new songs on it that, and we’re embarrassed to say this, not really that bad.

George Lynch, Kill All Control (Rocket Science) 1,250 sold
This is the former Dokken guitarist’s eleventh solo album (and that’s not including his work with Lynch Mob).

Toxic Holocaust, Conjure and Command (Relapse) 1,170 sold
A pretty solid first week for the black thrash metal group.

Dying Fetus, History Repeats… (Relapse) 630 sold
A pretty good first week for the death metal band’s cover EP.

Notable Sales:

Incubus, If Not Now, When? (Epic) #13, 23,000 sold
A 71% decrease for the rock band (who used to be heavy enough to be on Ozzfest) in their second week.

Theory Of A Deadman, Truth Is (Roadrunner) #22, 15,670 sold
Not so great news for the band whose former A&R is the singer in Nickelback, as they experience a 58% decrease and get kicked out of the top 20 in their second week. That said, 58% isn’t nearly as bad as many bands.

Foo Fighters, Wasting Light (RCA) #42, 9,530 sold
Grohl and co. have sold just under 525,000 in 15 weeks.

Seether, Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (Wind-Up) #66, 6,60 sold
A 2% increase is enough to bring the radio rock friendly group back into the top 70.

Kid Rock, Born Free (Atlantic) #78, 5,640 sold
With a 13% decrease, Mr. Rock falls down the charts by 8 spots.

Suicide Silence, The Black Crown (Century Media) #93, 5,040 sold
The deathcore group experiences a 65% decrease, falling down the charts by 65 spots in their second week.

Hollywood Undead, American Tragedy (A&M/Octone) #104, 4,630 sold
An 8% increase proves that people are still buying the rapcore group’s latest album…for some reason.

Linkin Park, A Thousand Suns (Warner Bros.) #118, 4,130 sold
After coming close to exiting the top 200 last week, LP come back out of nowhere with a massive 63% increase.

Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare (Warner Bros.) #122, 4,100 sold
Also experiencing a nice 13% increase is A7X, jumping 11 spots up the charts.

Limp Bizkit, Gold Cobra (Interscope) #129, 3,630 sold
Despite experiencing another 25% decrease, the rap metal kings remain in the top 130 in their fourth week on the charts.

Def Leppard, Mirrorball (Mailboat) #146, 3,200 sold
Another 15% decrease for the 80’s hair rock group’s latest live release.

Black Veil Brides, Set the World on Fire (Universal Republic) #154, 3,050 sold
BVB slide down the charts by 13 spots thanks to a 11% decrease in sales.

August Burns Red, Leveler (Solid State) #164, 2,860 sold
Falling 55 spots down the charts, the metalcore group experiences an 18% decrease.

In Flames, Sounds of a Playground Fading (Century Media) #181, 2,560 sold
Another 13% decrease for the Swedish metal group. You’d think that their stint on Mayhem Fest would be helping out sales more.

Fair to Midland, Arrows & Anchors (eOne) #192, 2,400 sold
The Texas progressive metal group experiences a 64% decrease in their second week, falling down the charts by 128 spots.

Sleeping Giant, Kingdom Days in an Evil Age (Ain’t No Grave) 1,080 sold
The metalcore group gets kicked out of the top 200 in their second week thanks to a 73% decrease in sales.

Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) 1,070 sold
Only a slight 7% decrease for the Danish garage metallers.

Decapitated, Carnival is Forever (Nuclear Blast) 770 sold
A 64% decrease for the Polish death metal group in their second week on the charts.

Straight Line Stitch, The Fight of Our Lives (eOne) 410 sold
After being absent from the charts since April, these guys make a sudden return. Guess Mayhem Fest is paying off for them.

Rhapsody of Fire, From Chaos to Eternity (Nuclear Blast) 400 sold
The Italian symphonic metallers experience a 54% decrease in their second week on the charts.

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