Metal By Numbers 10/3: As I Lay Dying Are Killing

Posted by on October 3, 2012

It’s a nice start for As I Lay Dying’s sixth album, although it’s their first album since 2005 to not debut in the top ten. In other news, with Mumford and Sons selling 600,000 copies of their sophomore album this week to have this year’s biggest debut, you might want to think about dusting off that banjo.


Notable Debuts

As I Lay Dying, Awakened (Metal Blade) #11, 28,250 sold
This is an impressive start for the new AILD album, even though it’s not quite the top ten debut that their last album had. It also sold 10,000 more. That being said, very nice start given the state of the industry.


Steve Harris, British Lion (UmE) #125, 3,000 sold
If you think Iron Maiden, Steve Harris is probably the third person to come to mind, after Bruce Dickinson and Eddie. That said, he’s one of the few bassists mentioned before the guitar players, mainly due to his galloping basslines and foot-on-the-monitor manner of playing bass. That’s why it’s not that much of a surprise that his  first solo album debuted in the top 200. What is surprising is that it’s taken him this long to release a solo album. Not a bad first week for an album that most people probably don’t know about. Then again, Iron Maiden sold 21 times more copies of that (that’s 63,000) in their first week a few years back.

Dokken, Broken Bones (Frontiers) #151, 2,600 sold

This is a pretty solid debut for Dokken. I wonder if it was that commercial with the chicken that reminded people they were still around. Regardless, Dokken without George Lynch is like, um, The Lynch Mob without George Lynch.

Various Artists, Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head (Eagle Rock) #157, 2,500 sold
This tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head features Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Black Label Society, among others. You know what’s way better than it though? Deep Purple’s Machine Head.


Witchcraft, Legend (Nuclear Blast) 1.750 sold
It’s been five years since Witchcraft’s last album was released. It’s kind of surprising that this is only their fourth album.


This or the Apocalypse, Dead Years (eOne Music)  1,600 sold
The band’s third album on as many labels has a pretty ok first week. Too bad their touring situation led them to drop off our CMJ showcase though.  🙁


Monuments, Gnosis (Century Media) 600 sold
This djenty UK band is off to a pretty solid start.


Casualties, Resistance (Season of Mist) 575 sold
The NYC punk band’s ninth album proves that while punk might not be dead, it’s not the healthiest it’s been either.

Outline In Color, Jury of Wolves (BRKN Records) 575 sold
This band’s website doesn’t have a serious bio, and they don’t have a Wikipedia page either, so I can’ tell you anything about them. Hey Outline in Color, you sold 600 copies of something. Spend some money on a publicist.


In Dying Arms, Boundaries (Razor & Tie) 575 sold
This is the Baltimore deathcore band’s third album. I’d imagine anyone from Baltimore knows a lot about death.


Pathology, The Time of Great Purification (Victory) 475 sold
At least Outline In Color has an excuse. Victory’s bio for this band ends in 2010. If I was Pathology, I’d be furiously e-mailing the label’s publicist right about now.


Steven Wilson, Get All You Deserve (KScope) 450 sold
This soundtrack to the DVD of the Porcupine Tree frontman’s solo performance sold pretty well, considering I didn’t even know it was coming out.


Notable Sales


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #87, 4,250 sold

In This Moment has sold over 51,000 copies of their album in seven weeks. Also, “Blood” is the biggest-selling single in Century Media’s history. Not that they’re a singles label, but still…


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #103, 3,600 sold
This has a slight but solid 5% sales increase this week.

Rush, Clockwork Angels (Roadrunner) #105, 3,500 sold
Today’s Tom Sawyer buys a lot less records than the Tom Sawyer of yesteryear. That said, in four months, this album’s sold 230,000 copies.


Down, Down IV Part I – The Purple EP (Down) #106, 3,450 sold
This has a somewhat steep 71% sales decline. Also, there’s no truth to the rumor I just started that the next EP is going to be called Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop.


Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #142, 2,850 sold
Next year, this album will have been on the charts for one year.


Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #144, 2,750 sold
This sells about the same amount as it did last week.


Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) 1,800 sold
150,00 sold, 98,000 sold and no signs of slowing down. Top notch, Universal.


The Devin Townsend Project, Epicloud (HevyDevy) 1,250 sold
Heavy Devy’s epic, loud, and not-as-heavy record has a typical second-week drop, but it’s doing great.


Fozzy, Sin and Bones (Century Media) 1,000 sold
A 134% sales increase must mean this was on sale somewhere for cheap, but was great for an increase this week.


Vision of Disorder, The Cursed Remain Cursed (Candlelight) 550 sold
A typical big second week drop for VOD, but the strength of this album should keep it going for a while.


Katatonia, Dead End Kings (Peaceville) 550 sold
This fell a bit now that the Devin Townsend tour is over, but it’s still hanging in.


Texas Hippie Coalition, Peacemaker (Carved) 500 sold
Big Dad Ritch is still moving some units. And by “units,” I mean “cheeseburgers.” Oh yeah, and the band’s selling records too.


Local H, Hallelujah! I’m A Bum (Slimstyle) 500 sold

This is a pretty political record for the Illinois duo. It has both pro and anti president songs, so basically, you should vote.


Becoming the Archetype,  I Am (Solid State) 475 sold
Someone needs to take the album cover and put the “deal with it” sunglasses meme on it.


Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 450 sold

True love might never die, but this album’s starting to.


Attika 7, Blood of My Enemies (Rocket Science) 400 sold
This album had a 605% jump from last week, where it sold 56 copies.

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