Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Sometimes the historical impact of songs are less about how good they are and more about how the take you back to a certain time in your life. Take the band who made out to be the top debut this week for example: their big hit came out in 2002, back when I was in middle school. It brings back fond memories of puberty, failing math class, school lunches that made Pizza Hut look like a goddamn utopia of classy cuisine, and endless homework that had zero bearing on where I’ve ended up. Wow, actually 2002 kind of sucked. Thanks alot Trapt. Alright, forget everything I just said and take a gander at the charts for this week.
Trapt, Reborn (FOF) #44, 8,700 sold
Apparently, people missed Trapt as they take the top spot on debuts for this week. Why exactly they went with the name Reborn is lost on me, but whatever.
Love and Death, Between Here & Lost (Tooth & Nail) #90, 4,200 sold
The debut album from Brian”Head” Welch and company makes its way onto the charts. On the subject of the album, Welch is quoted saying “…the end result is a very real, raw & honest record.” Really? I mean, if you consider a cover of Devo’s “Whip It” to be “real, raw, and honest”, then you’re right on target I guess…
Helloween, Straight Out Of Hell (The End) #92, 4,150 sold
The classic German power metallers are back with album number 14, which, funnily enough, is their first album to actually use the word “hell” in the title. Huh. Anyway, between Helloween and another band that debuted an album this week, it looks like power metal fans will be satisfied for a while.
Otep, Hydra (Victory) #134, 2,850 sold
The latest album from Otep didn’t debut as well as its predecessor, but makes it into the top 150 nonetheless.
Voivod, Target Earth (Century Media) 1,500 sold
Album number 16 from Voivod is also the first to feature Jean-Yves Thériault on bass since Angel Rat in 1991 now that Jason Newsted has his own thing going on.
Holy Grail, Ride The Void (Prosthetic) 1,400 sold
Guitar pyrotechnics abound on Holy Grail’s sophomore album, which sold more than twice what their debut sold. Nice start!
For All I Am, Skinwalker (Equal Vision) 1,000 sold
The debut album for this band gets a good start on the charts.
Combichrist, No Redemption (Out Of Line) 770 sold
So this is actually the soundtrack to the video game DMC Devil May Cry.
Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic), #52, 7,550 sold
So this will probably pass 400,000 sold in total next week.
Hollywood Undead, Notes from the Underground (A&M/Octone) #58, 6,150 sold
If this continues to drop like it has been, it might just end up underground. It has a 53% drop in its third week.
Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #60, 6,100 sold
Hey, I heard you were a wild one.
Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day (Atlantic) #66, 5,550 sold
This is nearly over the 350,000 mark.
Deftones, Koi No Yokan (Reprise) #101, 3,700 sold
The other day I walked around my house doing the clapping intro from “Poltergeist”. All day. I don’t have a problem.
Soundgarden, King Animal (Universal) #130, 2,900 sold
Their new music video directed by Superman (er, Dave Grohl) was released yesterday. This has sold about 175,000 so far.
In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #142, 2,700 sold
Don’t let the chart position fool you; this actually sold a bit more than last week.
Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones (Roadrunner) #147, 2,500 sold
Has anyone else mispronounced this album as House of Golden Boners? No? Uh, yeah me neither. This will hit 100k sold next week.
Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #162, 2,250 sold
Have you ever actually been in a hail storm? It sucks. This crossed 175,000 sold this week.
Rock of Ages, Soundtrack (WaterTower Music) #168, 2,300 sold
Well, I was having a good day…
Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #171, 2,125 sold
This just keeps selling and selling.
Newsted, Metal EP (Chophouse) #172, 2,100 sold
Jason gets a boost this weeks and crosses the 10,000 mark.
Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #187, 1,850 sold
The death punch took a dropkick on the charts, but it’s still a gold album.
Pierce The Veil, Collide With The Sky (Fearless) #192, 1,800 sold
Back on the charts? Oh. Didn’t even notice it was gone.
Sleeping With Sirens, If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack (Rise) #200, 1,650 sold
Actually, there is a movie about me and it already has a soundtrack. See also: The Dark Knight.
Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 1,100 sold
Another boost this week.
The Plot In You, Could You Watch Your Children Burn (Rise) 900 sold
A big second week drop for this album.
Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 700 sold
Yet another boost for this album, which has been on the charts for about 10 months.
Capture the Crown, `Til Death (Sumerian) 620 sold
Didn’t quite caputre the crown this week.
Texas In July, Texas In July (Equal Vision) 420 sold
And this continues to get sales, perhaps because the band is on tour with The Used.
Philip Anselmo/Warbeast, War Of The Gargantuas (Housecore) 410 sold
This dropped 29% this week, and has sold about 2,200 in three weeks. Not bad, but not quite Pantera (or even Arson Anthem).
The Amity Affliction, Chasing Ghosts (Roadrunner) 370 sold
Afflicted with small boosts in sales. This has sold 5,000 so far.
Upon This Dawning, To Keep Us Safe (Fearless) 270 sold.
This has dawned on the charts yet again.