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Metal By Numbers 5/5: 666, The Number Of…Bullet For My Valentine!

Posted by on May 5, 2010

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.

Though this week only saw a few metal debuts, Bullet For My Valentine made it a little more metal than usual. The Welsh metalcore band not only had the highest rock ranking of the week, but sold exactly seventy thousand and six hundred and sixty six albums. That’s right, 666, number of the beast!! Even if you don’t like Bullet For My Valentine, or don’t consider them as “true” metal, you still have to find this cool. It’s even funnier when you consider that this is happening with a band who is so clearly influenced by Iron Maiden. This week also saw new releases from Drowning Pool, metal comedian Brian Posehn and 1349. It’s been a while since Metal By Numbers has had two releases in the top 5, but with Deftones out, there might be three in the top ten next week.

Notable Debuts:

Bullet For My Valentine, Fever (Jive) #3 70,666 sold.
Not only do they get to brag about selling the number of the beast, but their third album is also their highest ranking and selling album to date.

Drowning Pool, Drowning Pool (Eleven-Seven) #35 12,400 sold
Almost skipped over this debut. But from the look of its first week sales, many fans didn’t skip over Drowning Pool’s forth album.

Brian Posehn, Fart & Wiener Jokes (Relapse) #173 2,900 sold
In addition to recorded stand up bits, Posehn’s sophomore album features appearances from Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton, The Cult’s John Tempesta and Steel Panther’s Russ Parrish on two new songs. But don’t let that distract you from the fart and wiener jokes.

1349, Demonoir (Prosthetic/Indie) 600 sold
After having troubles with visas and volcanoes, 1349 has finally rejoined Cannibal Corpse’s Evisceration Plague Tour.

Notable Sales:

AC/DC, AC/DC: Iron Man 2 (Columbia) #5 52,000 sold
AC/DC’s first greatest hits album only dropped down one on the charts during its second week. With Iron Man 2 opening this weekend though, don’t be surprised to see sales jump.

Slash, Slash (EMI) #51 9,000 sold
Slowly dropping down the charts fast, but still having an impressive run on the charts.

Sevendust, Cold Day Memory (7 Bros.) #57 7,900 sold
A big 70% drop for the band in their second week, but still had an impressive debut.

Coheed and Cambria, Year Of The Black Rainbow (Colombia) #71 6,860 sold
Slowly decreasing in sales, but there video for “Here We Are Juggernaut” is still awesome!

Cypress Hill, Rise Up (Capital) #72 6,800 sold
I guess Tom Morello and Daron Malakian’s guest appearances aren’t enough to keep album sales up.

Ratt, Infestation (Loud & Proud) # 115 4,500 sold
They may have experienced a 67% decrease in their second week, but we’re still shocked from their impressive first week.

Five Finger Death Punch, War Is The Answer (Prospect Park) #138 3,840 sold
Pretty much right around where they were last week.

Alice In Chains, Black Gives Way To Blue (Virgin) #139 3,820 sold
Now that their Fall tour with the Deftones and Mastodon is confirmed, expect to see this album stick around on the charts a while longer.

Them Crooked Vultures, Them Crooked Vultures (DGC/Interscope) #160 3,250 sold
The super-group has made a live recording of “Mind Eraser, No Chaser” available for free exclusively at ShockHound.com. Sure you may have the album already, but its FREE!

Motley Crue, Greatest Hits (Motley Records) #162 3,200 sold
We can see why AC/DC’s first greatest hits compilation is a big deal, but why is Motley Crue’s 5th hits package still doing so well? And it probably will continue to do well because of Ozzfest … great!

Airbourne, No Guts, No Glory (Roadrunner) #166 3,000 sold
Sold just about half of what they did last week.

Slipknot, All Hope is Gone (Roadrunner) #186 2,700 sold
I really want to make a “don’t give up hope” joke, especially since the album has been hanging around the charts for so long. But I shall refrain myself.

Periphery, Periphery (Sumerian) 1,200 sold
Even with a 73% decrease, the band’s debut album is having an impressive second week.

Veil Of Maya, ID (Sumerian) 770 sold
Only a slight drop in their fourth week.

War Of Ages, Eternal (Facedown)700 sold
Don’t be sad for them. The album is still having a good run even if it isn’t on the charts anymore.

We Came As Romans, To Plant A Seed (Equal Vision) 600 sold
Starting to slide off, but still hanging in there.

Sick Of It All, Based On A True Story (Century Media) 550 sold
Pretty big drop from last week. True story!

Dommin, Love Is Gone (Roadrunner) 480 sold
Also probably won’t be around much longer, though only a slight decrease from last week.

Carnifex, Hell Chose Me (Victory) 670 sold
It’s another week, and Carnifex is still around.

Attack Attack!,Someday Came Suddenly (Rise) 430 sold
And that will wrap it up for this week’s… o hai Attack Attack! …

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