Metal By Numbers 8/5 – An Early Winner For Fear Factory Bragging Rights

Posted by on August 5, 2009

divineheresyMetal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week as well as what’s getting played at Metal radio courtesy of radio trade magazine FMQB, whose metal panel consists of about 80 college and commercial stations that have metal shows, as well as SiriusXM, Music Choice, and more.

 While Fear Factory and its various offshoots continue to argue endlessly about who owns the rights to the band name, and what members said that he said that she said that they said, it looks like one side project is outperforming another. Guitarist Dino Cazares’ project Divine Heresy has just seen their sophomore album sell about 3,000, good enough for the top metal debut of the week and trumping the 700 or so copies Arkaea sold a few weeks back. Slayer takes most added honors at FMQB, and also debuts in the top ten with just one song.

Notable Debuts:

Divine Heresy, Bringer of Plagues (Century Media) 3000 sold
Good debut for the band. Whew! Now Dino can eat.

Death Before Dishonor, Better Ways to Die (Bridge Nine) 750 sold
Yeah Baaahston haahdcore!

Notable Sales:

Chickenfoot, Chickenfoot (Redline/Fontana) #38, 10,500 sold
Why am I still counting this record as metal in the countdown?  Oh yeah, one reason: Micheal Fucking Anthony.

Killswitch Engage, Killswitch Engage (Roadrunner) #56, 7,300 sold
They cross the 100,000 mark pretty easily. Now Adam D. can buy some new daisy dukes.  

Kid Rock, Rock N’ Roll Jesus (Atlantic) #75, 5,100 sold
I have no idea why this is still selling so well. Maybe the tour with Skynyrd?

August Burns Red, Constellations (Solid State) #85, 4,400 sold
Over 30,000 sold in three weeks is great for any band, let alone these Pennsylvania metalcore merchants.

DevilDriver, Pray For Villians (Roadrunner) #233 , 3,400 sold
Reigning at metal radio has translated into sales for the band’s fourth album. Now it’s time for them to Thrash and Burn.

Clutch, Strange Cousins From the West (Weathermaker Music) #125, 3,400 sold
Devildriver and Clutch are neck and neck with each other sales-wise. Good news for two bands that deserve all the success they get.

Disturbed, Indestructable (Reprise) #135, 3,200 sold
Good for them, but it’s hard to figure out who keeps buying this. 

Dream Theater, Black Clouds and Silver Linings (Roadrunner) #144, 3,100 sold
When you think of Dream Theater, you think of Mike Portnoy. Not too many other bands where the drummer is the first person in the band to come to mind.

Job For a Cowboy, Ruination (Metal Blade) #147, 3,100 sold
The way I look at it, a cowboy only has one job – being a cowboy.

Metallica, Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.) #154, 2,900 sold
OK, who’s going to get Metal Insider in to one of the Madison Square Garden shows?

Marilyn Manson, The High End of Low (Interscope) #168, 2,700 sold
10 weeks in, Manson finally crack 100k sold. Maybe his next album should have a cover on it?

Suicide Silence, No Time To Bleed (Century Media) #170, 2,700 sold
Up to about 30,000 sold. Not too shabby.

Stryper, Murder by Pride (Big 3) #177, 2,600 sold
A 56% drop off from the God squad. Their shirts and albums used to say “777…”

Slipknot, All Hope is Gone (Roadrunner), #178, 2,600 sold
… and “Heretic Anthem” has “if you’re 555 then i’m 666″ in the chorus, and the album finishes one below Stryper. Coincidence?

The Devil Wears Prada, With Roots Above and Branches Below (Ferret) #185, 2,500 sold
And the next metal album down is from The Devil Wears Prada! CONSPIRACY - this is some Da Vinci Code shit…

All That Remains, Overcome, (Prosthetic/Razor & Tie) #187 2,500 sold
With 186,000 sold, this will hit 200k before the year’s out.

He Is Legend, It Hates You (Tragic Hero) 1,000 sold
A larger than normal 73% dropoff for their second week. 

Bring Me The Horizon, Suicide Season (Epitaph) 1000 sold
66,00o sold, and this album keep selling every week.

Attack Attack!, Someday Came Suddenly (Rise) 950 sold
Why so crabby, guys?

Darkest Hour, Eternal Return (Victory) 700 sold
One of the high points of the Summer Slaughter tour will break 11,000 sold next week. 

Bury Your Dead, It’s Nothing Personal (Victory) 650 sold
Victory is all over Metal by Numbers this week.

Iwrestledabearonce, It’s All Happening(Century Media) 600 sold
They just announced that their album is coming out in Japan.

Arsonists Get All the Girls, Portals (Century Media) 500 sold
But they just get burned in the end…

Eyes Set To Kill, World Outside (Suburban Noize) 480 sold
I really don’t know enough about this band to write anything about them. Sorry guys.

Whitechapel, This Is Exile (Metal Blade) 450 sold
These guys are the big winners on the Mayhem Festival – their year-old album keeps selling.

FMQB Most Added
1. Slayer, “Hate Worldwide” single (Columbia/American)
2. Born of Osiris, A Higher Place (Sumerian)
3. Behemoth, Evangelion (Metal Blade)
4. Assjack, Assjack (Sidewalk/Curb)
5. Suicide City, Frenzy (The End)
 
FMQB Top Ten Albums
1. Killswitch Engage, Killswitch Engage (Roadrunner)
2. DevilDriver, Pray For Villians (Roadrunner)
3. Shadows Fall “King of Nothing” single (Everblack Industries/Ferret)
4. Job For a Cowboy, Ruination (Metal Blade)
5. Arkaea, Years in the Darkness (E1 Entertainment)
6. Clutch, Strange Cousins From the West (Weathermaker Music)
7. Dream Theater, Black Clouds and Silver Linings (Roadrunner)
8. Five Finger Death Punch, “Hard To See”/”Burn It Down” (Prospect Park)
9. Slayer, “Hate Worldwide” single (Columbia/American)
10. Darkest Hour, Eternal Return (Victory)

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  • Nick

    Weird – you guys showcase all kinds of major-label act metal, but only spotlight extreme metal when it comes to unsigned bands. Why?

  • bram

    For Metal by Numbers, it’s based on sales charts. If something metal sells (and let’s face it, some of the stuff i spotlight falls way more in the ‘rock’ category than metal), I’ll mention it, regardless of what label they’re on. The rock stuff I spotlight is there for perspective, or sometimes just so I can make a dumb joke about it. If there’s an extreme metal band that’s great, or if they do something newsworthy, damn right we’ll cover it.

  • Zach S

    Glad to hear that Divine Heresy’s sophmore album sold as well as it did. Imagine though how much more it would’ve sold if Dino did more promotion for the album rather than bitch about the Fear Factory drama. Im not saying Dino and Burt are right or wrong, but in the majority of interviews Dino has done, it has all been about Fear Factory and not about the new Divine Heresy album. Not only did the album need more press from him in order to expand their audience (hell, it is his band right?), but Dino should have pushed the album more since it features a new singer. Just saying that compared to the great amount of press Dino did for the debut album, Bleed the Fifth, the promotion for Bringer of Plaugues is pathetic. Im somewhat surprised but happy that it sold 3000. It saddens me though that they couldve sold more if Dino did more to promote the album (which sounds pretty strong, still need to give it a better listen though).

  • http://www.metalinsider.net Dan Rodriguez

    Also, the chart people only release the top XXX of whatever chart you’re looking at, be it the top 200 or new artist chart. So if some obscure grind band sells 50 copies, it doesn’t show up on the chart and we just don’t know.

  • http://www.metalinsider.net Dan Rodriguez

    I’m REALLY surprised Divine Heresy did so well, I thought everyone forgot about them by now.

  • Zach S

    Exactly Dan! The only reason why I knew about the release was because I actually like the band. I saw a few magazine adds and I remember Dino briefly talking about the new album back in April (I think), before this whole Fear Factory tornado started. And thats it!

  • http://www.metalinsider.net Dan Rodriguez

    Also, they suck.

  • mike

    The Arkaea album didn’t sell too badly with 980 copies when you take into consideration they have only ever played one show together way back in January. And the complete lack of promotion behind it didn’t help either.

  • Zach S

    at least whenever the members of arkaea did interviews they actually talked bout the band and the new album. though good point bout how theyve only had one gig, i didnt realize that

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