Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
By now, you’ve hopefully recovered from St. Patrick’s Day, or, as I like to call it, Every One Is Suddenly A Dropkick Murphys Fan Day. You also might have done something stupid this past weekend like trying to rub the head of every ginger or midget that you encountered because you have an IV drip of whiskey or something. Whatever you may or may not have done, we won’t judge you for being a fool. We’re too busy judging album sales for metal, where we chose to focus on an cover EP though we were sure to include a certain soundtrack as well. Take a gander at the sales for this week in metal.
Various Artists, Sound City: Reel to Reel (RCA) #8, 36,775 sold
It’s not exactly metal per se, but it is the soundtrack to the Dave Grohl directed documentary Sound City and that’s a good enough reason to have it on here.
The supergroup put out their debut last year, and now they have this EP with of covers from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Dio, and more. Not bad for an EP.
Fit For A King, Creation/Destruction (Tooth & Nail) #139, 3,150 sold
This Christian hardcore band gets a good start on the charts and will soon be touring with The Plot In You.
Off With Their Heads, Home (Epitaph) 2,150 sold
These punk rockers are back with their third album and second release on Epitaph.
Red, Release the Panic (Provident) #70, 6,325 sold
These guys are higher up on the charts than last week, but have sold less.
Bullet For My Valentine, Temper Temper (RCA) #98, 4,525 sold
I know jokes about losing your temper are too easy here, but it’s down 25% from last week.
Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #116, 3,700 sold
With a 44% decrease, sales for this album have droppped like a (Kid) rock.
Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #148, 2,950 sold
The album presumably does not star Marlon Brando.
Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day (Atlantic) #149, 2,925 sold
A few more weeks an this will be over 400,000 sold.
How To Destroy Angels, Welcome Oblivion (Columbia) #150, 2,875 sold
It’s the usual second week drop for these angels.
Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #151, 2,850 sold
If you ever look at Volbeat’s album titles, they always look like the band could never settle on the same name.
Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #153, 2,800 sold
Sales for this albums stepped up with a 15% boost.
Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #159, 2,700 sold
About two more weeks or so until this crosses the 200,000 mark.
Buckcherry, Confessions (Century Media) #161, 2,675 sold
Would you confess to a 22% drop?
Soilwork, The Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast) #167, 2,575 sold
Classic case of the second week drop for Soilwork.
In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #181, 2,450 sold
A bloody small drop this week.
Hollywood Undead, Notes from the Underground (A&M/Octone) #151, 2,450 sold
This will be over 100,000 total soon.
Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #200, 2,200 sold
This album is clinging to the top 200, but it’s not like it hasn’t sold over 530,000 records.
Within The Ruins, Elite (Entertainment One) 930 sold
The sales for this album are certainly within ruins.
Suffocation, Pinnacle of Bedlam (Nuclear Blast) 720 sold
Too bad this can’t suffocate other albums
Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 680 sold
These guys are on tour for the next two weeks or so.
Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 680 sold
Sales have apparently had a falling out.
Rival Mob, Mob Justice (Revelation) 670 sold
There’s a lot of mobs on here.
Avatar, Black Waltz (eOne Entertainment) 470 sold
This was gone for a while, but it managed to waltz back onto the charts.
Stratovarius, Nemesis (Eagle Rock) 400 sold
Sales aren’t quite unbreakable for this album
Woe, Is Me, Genesi[s] (Rise) 400 sold
Once again this album gains a small boost.
The Amity Affliction, Chasing Ghosts (Roadrunner) 380 sold
This album has been on a roll lately.
Darkthrone, The Underground Resistance (Peaceville/Snapper) 620 sold
This album is more likely to be dethroned give its sale perfomance.
Rotting Christ, Kata Ton Diamona Eaytoy (Season of Mist) 330 sold
This is starting to rot in terms of sales.
Capture the Crown, `Til Death (Sumerian) 320 sold
At the bottom of the list, but at least they have over 10,000 sold.