Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I guess it’s fair to say that we’ve been pretty spoiled the past few weeks, seeing as how for a majority of the Summer, there was at least one metal/hard rock album that either cracked or came close to cracking the top ten. However, none of this week’s debuts even crack the top 20. The highest ranking metal related debut goes to Serj Tankian’s experimental new album, which only ranks in at #35. To make it even tougher for the SOAD frontman, his sophomore album doesn’t come even close to the success of its predecessor, 2007’s Elect The Dead (which not only debuted at #4, but also sold around 66,000). Time to get the band back together, maybe?
Serj Tankian, Imperfect Harmonies (Reprise/Serjical Strike) #35, 10,200 sold
Whether fans didn’t pick up the album because the music sways more towards jazz and techno than metal, or because he’s done considerably less promotion and touring in the States behind the album, is unknown. Regardless, this is still a rather disappointing first week in sales for Tankian.
Methods of Mayhem, A Public Disservice Announcement (Loud & Proud/Roadrunner) #153, 2,900
The sophomore release from Tommy Lee’ nu-metal side project doesn’t make as huge of a splash their debut album in 1999. At least Lee can say it sold more than the Crue’s greatest hits package this week!
Torche, Songs for Singles (Hydra Head) 900 sold
The stoner/sludge metal group’s new EP has a solid first week.
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Ill Nino has revealed the cover artwork to their new album Dead New World, set to be released on October 26 via Victory Records.
Cradle Of Filth has released a new video for the song “Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned).”
The Damned Things, the new supergroup featuring members of Anthrax, Every Time I Die and Fall Out Boy, will reportedly release their debut album on December 13 in the U.K. While a U.S. release date has yet to be revealed, signs point to December 14.
Tour names are a lot like band names. The good ones are taken, and a lot of the bad ones are too. Also a lot of them are cyclical. For example, metal bands with “black” and something animal-related in their name are proliferating like pop-punk bands with numbers in their names were a decade ago. So on the heels of the “To Catch A Predatour” (awesome name!), the Ghostbustour (pretty solid!) and the Harry PotTOUR (awful!), Zach and I came up with a few suggestions for future tour names presented without comment. And not for nothin’, but all of these are better names than “The Cool Tour!”:
The Shroud of Tourin’
The Don’t Be A Ha-Tour
The Jagermeis-Tour (not to be confused with the Jagermeister Music Tour)
Mas-tour Of Puppets
The Your Mother’s A Tour
Monster Magnet frontman David Wyndorf has launched a new record label called Studio 13. The label will focus on releasing 7”s and digital downloads of Monster Magnet related material.
Megadeth’s new song “Sudden Death,” which is also featured in Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock, is streaming online.
Doro has been forced to cancel her previously announced concert on September 30 in Manchester, New Hampshire due to a band related family emergency. The rest of the tour dates, though, will go on as planned.
Powerglove’s rendition of “Transformers” has been posted online.
Infectious Grooves, the funk/metal side project of Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir, will play their first show in the U.S. in over ten years on November 23 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood.