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 probably adjusted to settling back into the work week after Memorial Day weekend. It’s a known fact that when it comes to Memorial Day, the only thing that is as important as the food, booze, and the honoring of our country is what music you decide to blast in your backyard (or someone else’s if you’re the jerk who likes to hijack the music). Apparently, those who were looking for new metal to blast decided to go ahead and purchase the most patriotic band they could think of: Airbourne from Australia. Well, close enough.
30 Seconds To Mars, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (Virgin) #6, 53,000 sold
They’re not exactly metal, but they do have ties to metal. And also to My So Called Life. And they do have a top 10 album.
Airbourne, Black Dog Barking (Roadrunner) #81, 4,450 sold
These Australians are back with their third album. This marks the band’s best debut in the US in their career thus far.
Burning Rain, Epic Obsession (Frontiers) 790 sold
Doug Aldrich’s Burning Rain is back with their first album since 2000.
U.D.O., Steelhammer (AFM) 780 sold
The German metallers are back with their 14th album. I wonder if sales came up as short as Mr. Dirkschneider?
A Pale Horse Named Death, Lay My Soul to Waste (SPV) 740 sold
The gothic doom metal band brings forth their sophomore album. We also managed to wrangle guitarist Matt Brown (no relation) for a Top 5.
Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #80, 4,550 sold
There’s nothing shady about a slight boost for this album.
Escape The Fate, Ungrateful (Eleven Seven) #83, 4,375 sold
This album can’t escape a second week 66% drop.
Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #93, 3,200 sold
The sales just keep on coming with a 21% boost this week.
Rob Zombie, Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor (T-Boy/UMe) #100, 3,475 sold
This drops by 27% with over 65,000 sold.
Pop Evil, Onyx (Entertainment One) #102, 3,400 sold
A second week 65% drop just sounds evil, but that’s about normal for any second weeker.
Device, Device (Warner Bros.) #116, 3,350 sold
This isn’t far off from the 70,000 mark.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, One Of Us Is The Killer (Sumerian) #113, 3,150 sold
It’s a steep second week drop for DEP, but a little tour magic will probably fix that.
Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #134, 2,625 sold
Over 55,000 sold thus far.
Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 2 (Roadrunner) #137, 2,550 sold
This sold almost exactly the same amount as it did last week.
Killswitch Engage, Disarm The Descent (Roadrunner) #139, 2,500 sold
Over 85,000 sold as of this week.
In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #142, 2,200 sold
This got a nice 12% boost this week as it approaches the 160,000 mark.
Joe Satriani, Unstoppable Momentum (Epic) #148, 2,350 sold
With a 39% drop, this one might be losing some momentum.
Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #171, 2,025 sold
This got a tiny 2% boost. We kid you not.
Deep Purple, Now What?! (Eagle Rock) #182, 3,750 sold
This just dropped by 48%. The obvious question is: Now what?
Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #190, 1,850 sold
After being absent for a few weeks (which you might not have noticed), this is back on the charts with over 107,000 sold.
Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #199, 1,750 sold
Looks like this is the week for albums climbing back onto the charts.
Bullet For My Valentine, Temper Temper (RCA) #200, 1,700 sold
Seriously, everything is making a comeback this week.
Rival Mob, Mob Justice (Revelation) 650 sold
This came out back in March but just resurfaced.
Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 610 sold
A large 48% boost for this album.
Immolation, Kingdom of Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast) 530 sold
A second week drop of 64% for Immolation.
Red Line Chemistry, Tug of War (Vertusent) 470 sold
It’ll take a lot to tug this album back up after a 51% drop.
Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 440 sold
This got a small 12% boost this week.
Kadavar, Abra Kadavar (Nuclear Blast) 440 sold
Would it be too easy to say this is on its way to becoming a cadaver? It would be, wouldn’t it?
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Mind Control (Metal Blade) 420 sold
Is there an Aunt PCP or something?
Avantasia, The Mystery of Time (Nuclear Blast) 340 sold
A mysterious 17% drop this week.
Orchid, Mouths of Madness (Nuclear Blast) 650 sold
Or, as Muse would call it, Mouths of Muh-muh-muh-muh-madness.
Devour the Day, Time & Pressure (Fat Lady) 260 sold
This album’s record label will soon be singing, thus indicating that sales are over.