Metal By Numbers 8/28: Blessthesales

Posted by on August 28, 2013

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

This week’s list of debuts is notably different from last week in that we actually have albums to list. That’s not to say there was nothing worth looking at last week, but let’s be real: some weeks are a bit more exciting than others. Plus, a lot of bands are having some of their best debuts yet this week. And it’s also a good week to be on Sumerian Records.


Notable Debuts:

Blessthefall, Hollow Bodies (Fearless) #15, 21,850 sold

The metalcore act has it’s best debut yet with album number four, which includes guest musicians from the likes of August Burns Red and Stick To Your Guns.


Born Of Osiris, Tomorrow We Die Alive (Sumerian) #27, 13,050 sold

Born Of Osiris also gets its best debut yet with album number three. Sumerian is on a roll lately.


Woe, Is Me, American Dream EP (Rise) #122, 3,000 sold

This metalcore act from Atlanta put out its second album last year and have now released this new EP.


Soil, Whole (Pavement) #130, 2,875 sold

The sixth album from the Chicago natives is the first to feature Ryan McCombs on vocal duty.


Watain, The Wild Hunt (Century Media) #143, 2,675 sold

We had Watain listed last week, but this would be considered the bands actual (and well-deserved) debut in the top 200.


Sworn In, Death Card (Razor & Tie) #155, 2,325 sold

The band’s debut album has an impressive debut on the charts.


Fleshgod Apocalypse, Labyrinth (Nuclear Blast) #167, 2,175 sold

This third full-length from the Italian death metallers is a concept album about the labyrinth of Knossos.


O’Brother, Disillusion (Triple Crown) 1,550 sold

O’Brother’s second album is off to a good start. There’s a potential for more sales since the band is in the middle of a tour.


City In The Sea, Below The Noise (Sumerian) 880 sold

With the addition of this debut album from City In The Sea, it’s a good week for Sumerian Records.


The Ongoing Concept, Saloon (Solid State) 650 sold

This is the debut album from the band that some people apparently refer to as the “hardcore hipsters.”


Notable Sales: 

Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #21, 17,250 sold

Well, there certainly aren’t many other bands who have had Rob Halford, Max Cavalera, Maria Brink, and Jamey Jasta on the same album.


Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #52, 6,850 sold

Not much change from last week for this album, which has sold over 540,000.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic), #62, 5,850 sold

It’ll be another two or three weeks before this rises to the 150,000 mark.


Asking Alexandria, From Death To Destiny (Sumerian) #68, 5,875 sold

The band will be heading out on tour with Korn this fall. There are some people that would never never want to see that happen.


Black Sabbath, 13 (Universal) #83, 4,675 sold

Over 300,000 sold in total for the Godfathers of metal.


Queens Of The Stone Age, …Like Clockwork  (Matador)  #104, 3,600 sold

A nice boost of 21%.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #133, 2,850 sold

This got a small boost this week as it moves closer to the 100,000 mark.


Alice In Chains, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here  (Virgin) #137, 2,725 sold

In week 13 this gets a 13% boost with just under 130,000.


Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #138, 2,700 sold

It may have a lower position on the charts, but this album continues to sell and sell.


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #139, 2,700 sold

What more can you say about this album apart from being over 270,000 sold?


Various Artists, Sound City: Reel to Real (RCA) #144, 2,650 sold

This has made its way back to the charts after an absence.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #147, 2,125 sold

At week 20, this album has received a 21% boost. That might be due to the tour they just started.


Sleeping With Sirens, Feel (Rise) #158, 2,275 sold

I personally think that this would have been a fitting album cover.


Various Artists, 2013 Warped Tour Compilation (Side One Dummy) #173, 2,100 sold

You’d think that every summer tour would want to have a compilation album.


Various Artists, Rock of Ages Soundtrack (Water Tower Music/Warner Bros.) #182, 1,975 sold

Ain’t nothin’ but a bad time.


We Came As Romans, Tracing Back Roots (Equal Vision) #188, 1,850 sold

Album sales will probably get revved up again by October once the band is on tour.


Revocation, Revocation (Relapse) 580 sold

When this debuted three weeks back, I incorrectly referred to this as the band’s third album when it is in fact their fourth. Good thing I don’t have to do anything involving numbers on this site, right?


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 500 sold

If your album has Neige from Alcest on it, you’re doing it right.


James LaBrie, Impermanent Resonance (Inside Out) 480 sold

This might not exactly be blowing up the charts, but I’m sure LaBrie doesn’t mind consider a certain other small side project you may or may not know about has a release coming soon.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 430 sold

At week 40, the album is just under 36,000 sold.


Exhumed, Necrocracy (Relapse) 330 sold

Apparently, back in May Matt Harvey said the album would not be “quite as fast”. Could have fooled us.


Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 460 sold

A 38% drop for this undying album (we’re running out of variations for that joke).


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