Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
This week’s biggest metal debut comes from newcomers Black Veil Brides, coming in at #36 and selling over 10,000 copies in its first week. Their debut full length album was produced by none other than Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko (whose Mercenary Management also happens to manage the band). Needless to say, whether you’re familiar with the band or not (we’re not), this is an extremely impressive debut.
Black Veil Brides, We Stitch These Wounds (Standby) #36, 10,600 sold
You can get a taste of the band by checking out their new video for “Perfect Weapon.” Our first impression? Kinda like H.I.M. if they were a little more screamo.
The Acacia Strain, Wormwood (Prosthetic) #66, 6,300 sold
The Mass-core favorites seem to be making a big impact on the Cool Tour.
Impending Doom, There Will Be Violence (Facedown) #123, 3,800 sold
Good first week as the band prepares to hit the road on the Thrash and Burn Tour.
Lillian Axe, Deep Red Shadows (Love & War) 700 sold
Though he doesn’t sing on the New Orleans hard rockers’ new album, the band has just recruited ex-Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe to replace singer Derrick LeFerve.
Korn, Korn III: Remember Who You Are (Roadrunner) #13, 20,400 sold
Despite a 68% decrease, Korn remain in the top 20 during their second week.
Hellyeah, Stampede (Epic) #42, 10,200 sold
I wonder what the new song “Pole Rider” is about (Scratches head sarcastically).
Five Finger Death Punch, War Is The Answer (Prospect Park) #80, 5,500
Pretty much around the same place they found themselves last week.
Bullet For My Valentine, Fever (Jive) #100, 4,600 sold
The Welsh metalheads experience a major slide down the charts, but not as big of a change in sales.
Motley Crue, Greatest Hits (Motley Records) #109, 4,000 sold
It’s been 21 weeks since it first came out and it’s still selling consistently. Shall I leave it at that or do you really want me to rant further?
In This Moment, A Star-Crossed Wasteland (Century Media) #121, 3,800 sold
Major drop in sales, but hopefully Mayhem Fest will keep the album going. Most bands say their new album is their heaviest ever, but “Welcome to the Gun Show” really is heavier than anything they’ve done before.
Norma Jean, Meridional (Razor & Tie) #154, 3,300 sold
After Korn, Norma Jean experienced the biggest decrease in sales (with 67%) out of all the releases from last week (out of the ones that remained on the charts that is). However, they had a bigger fall down the charts than Korn did. Much bigger.
Deftones, Diamond Eyes (Reprise) #159, 3,200 sold
A webisode series about ailing Deftones’ bassist Chi Cheng has been created and features appearances from friends and family. The first two of four episodes have been posted online.
Rob Zombie, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (Roadrunner, Loud & Proud) #188, 2,500 sold
Looks like Mayhem Fest has helped give Zombie’s latest new life. With a new deluxe version on the way, which bassist Piggy D. discussed with us about in great detail, this album might stick around a little longer.
In Fear and Faith, Imperial (Rise) 800 sold
Has it really been six weeks since this album hopped on the charts? Wow, how time flies.
3 Inches Of Blood, Here Waits Thy Doom: Deluxe Edition (Century Media) 800 sold
An impressive 39% increase for the album’s deluxe edition.
How to Destroy Angels, How to Destroy Angels (The Null Corporation) 700 sold
A big drop in sells, but I’m sure it isn’t hurting Mr. and Mrs. Reznor too much.
Eyes Set To Kill, Broken Frames (Break Silence) 630 sold
Same place as before, and they aren’t budging. Has anyone see these guys on the Warped Tour? If so, how were they? I’d seriously like to know.
War Of Ages, Eternal (Facedown) 600 sold
The Christian metalcore group reappear after a long time off the charts. Maybe their stint on the Cool Tour has something to do with this?
We Came As Romans, To Plant A Seed (Equal Vision) 500 sold
I should take this time to recognize our reader “My Balls, Your Chin” for guessing the Anchorman quote I used last week correctly. Your bonus points still can’t buy you crap though. Sorry.
Nevermore, The Obsidian Conspiracy (Century Media) 440 sold
A 36% decrease in the album’s seventh week.
Texas Hippie Coalition, Rollin’ (Carved) 400 sold
So much for being able to afford even dirt weed.