Metal By Numbers 8/29: Charts Shrouded In Darkness

Posted by on August 29, 2012

We believe in a thing called sales. And for this week, those sales involve The Darkness, having returned after a five-year break-up, with their new album Hot Cakes. Anyone who forgot about the band was reminded of its existence this past Super Bowl. And over 9,000 were reminded this past week, with Hot Cakes. Also debuting this week is Project 86 with Wait for the Siren, the band’s first since 2009.


New Releases

The Darkness, Hot Cakes (Wind-Up) #42, 9,100 sold
The reunited The Darkness debut with a respectable number. The coming weeks will determine if this album will actually be selling like hot cakes, but their cheesily offensive album cover is very Spinal Tap-esque.

Project 86, Wait for the Siren (Team Black) #99, 4,000 sold
To fund the album, the project had an initial goal of $15,000. Fortunately, over $38,000 was raised for the band to record the album.


Notable Sales

Insane Clown Posse, The Mighty Death Pop! (Psychopathic) #34, 10,900 sold
The duo have experienced a 73% drop in week two. And not a tear was shed.


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #57, 7,000 sold
Last week’s debut at 15 is the band’s highest charting position to date. Still, the band has dropped 66% in sales.


Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #74, 5,150 sold
The band experienced a boost this week thanks to the Uproar tour.


Rush, Clockwork Angels (Roadrunner) #103, 3,900 sold
The band has dropped from the top 100. Perhaps Neil Peart should perform a drum solo of life to keep these sales going.


Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #105, 3,800 sold
Looks like the Trespass festival has worked its tour magic on the charts, as the band should reach the 450,000 sold mark next week.


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #113, 3,500 sold
No really, these festivals have a way of giving bands steady sales. This just crossed 100,000 this week.


Pierce The Veil, Collide With the Sky (Fearless) #122, 3,300 sold
Come October, these guys will be heading out on the Collide With the Sky tour, featuring Sleeping With Sirens.


Testament, Dark Roots of Earth (Nuclear Blast) #140, 2,900 sold
The thrash legends drop 30%, but the album could still…Rise Up. Get it?


Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #176, 2,200 sold
They’ve sold 142,000 copies of this album in a bit over a year. Good job, guys!


The Faceless, Authotheism (Sumerian) #177, 2,200 sold
This monster of an album experienced a sharp drop in week 2. We demand more Sexy Sax Man solos.



Various Artists, Rock of Ages Soundtrack (Water Tower Music/Warner Bros.) #181, 2,100 sold
It feels like this soundtrack has been around for, well, ages.


Hellyeah, Band of Brothers (Eleven Seven) #188, 2,050 sold
The supergroup has found new brothers for their band as they share a chart position with…


P.O.D., Murdered Love (Razor & Tie) #188, 2,050 sold
And on the 7th week, God said “Let there be sales for that nice Christian band.”


Slash, Apocalyptic Love (Dik Hayd International) #191, 2000 sold
The album has barely moved from last week’s position.


Fozzy, Sin and Bones (Century Media) 1,750 sold
Chris Jericho wanted this album to be Fozzy’s Black Album. This is selling more like Lulu.


Texas Hippie Coalition, Peacemaker (Carved) 1,050 sold
The band will be playing a few dates with Lynyrd Skynyrd come September.


Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 710 sold
True love might never die, but record sales eventually do.


Abandon All Ships, Infamous (Rise) 390 sold
This ship, however well built, seems to be leaking a tad.


Such Gold, Misadventures (Razor & Tie) 370 sold
This particular misadventure led to the band dropping 84%.


The Contortionist, Intrinsic (eOne/Good Fight Entertainment) 370 sold
We were going to make a joke about contortionism, but it got too twisted.


Nachtmystium, Silencing Machine (Century Media) 300 sold
The psychedelic black metal band is still dropping in sales.


Kill Devil Hill, Kill Devil Hill (Stealhammer) 280 sold
It’s nice to see the group sticking around with a 35% boost.


Dying Fetus, Reign Supreme (Relapse) 270 sold
While this album is slowly dropping, you can soon catch the band on tour with Job For A Cowboy in September.


God Forbid, Equilibrium (Victory) 270 sold
Trespass – and the band’s hometown show there, is likely the reason the New Jersey natives have received a small boost in sales.


Nile, At the Gate of Sethu (Nuclear Blast) 250 sold
Another drop in sales for the Egyptian death metal band.

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