Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
If you hate the fact that Bret Michael’s new solo record has the biggest metal-related release this week, then you’ll hate that he does so with a country rock album. As displeasing as it might be, it isn’t too much of a shocker. Ever since suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, making a heroic recovery and then going on to win this year’s Celebrity Apprentice, Michaels has been all over TV and magazine covers. Hell, he’s now even being considered as a replacement for Simon Cowell on American Idol! Who knew that an individual can go from being a hair metal singer to whoring yourself on Reality TV to becoming a well respected musical figure?
Bret Michaels, Custom Built (Poor Boy) #14, 22,400 sold
The Rock Of Love star/Poison frontman’s latest solo release features a Sublime cover, a re-recorded country version of “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” and a duet with Miley Cyrus. Poison is looking pretty heavy right about now eh?
How to Destroy Angels, How to Destroy Angels (The Null Corporation) #134, 3,500
As great of a response Trent Reznor’s new side project is getting, we probably won’t be hearing too much more from How To Destroy Angels for a bit. That is at least until Reznor and wife/band mate Mariqueen Maandig have their first child together.
A Plea for Purging, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Facedown) #185, 2,400 sold
The Christian metalcore band’s touring habits seem to be paying off.
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events (Black Market Activities/Metal Blade) 1,200 sold
Who else would I rather tell me about the end of the world than Tony Danza … Tapdance Extravaganza?
My Epic, Yet (Facedown) 1,160
These guys might not exactly be metal, but many experimental rock fans might dig the trio.
Texas Hippie Coalition, Rollin’ (Carved) 950 sold
It took me a while to realize what the band’s name (or at least its initials) actually stood for. You may make fun of me now if you’d like.
Corpus Christi, A Feast for Crows (Victory) 780 sold
Another Christian metal group makes a splash in its first week.
Ozzy Osbourne, Scream (Epic) #18, 18,400 sold
The Prince of Darkness still remains in the top 20, while Eminem remains at the top with an awful sample of Black Sabbath’s “Changes.”
Godsmack, Oracle (Universal) #42, 8,700 sold
It took the albums a while to leave the top 30. Now it appears that it’ll take even longer for Godsmack’s fifth album to leave the top 50.
Five Finger Death Punch, War Is The Answer (Prospect Park) #72, 5,400
Not only does the album experience a 21% increase, but also jumps 32 spots up the chart! So much for being a pacifist then eh?
Bullet For My Valentine, Fever (Jive) #88, 4,800 sold
This may have no connection, but I wonder if record label’s new law suit victims are of any concern to the almost naked crabgirl on the cover.
Motley Crue, Greatest Hits (Motley Records) #107, 4,200 sold
I just began reading The Dirt for the first time last week, so I’ll be gentle on them this week. However, a jump that sees the package move up the charts 22 spots still leaves me baffled. Mayhem Fest sales?
Parkway Drive, Deep Blue (Epitaph) #117, 4,000 sold
A 63% decrease during their second week isn’t too big of a surprise. But their first week’s success was a great one!
Attack Attack!, Attack Attack! (Rise) #161, 3,200 sold
Same amount sold as last week. In other words, the crabcore kings ain’t moving anywhere fast.
Slash, Slash (Dick Hayd) #164, 2,900 sold
Slash sees a 35% decrease and a major drop down the chart rankings in his 14th week.
Danzig, Deth Red Sabaoth (Evilive/The End) #177, 2,600 sold
Danzig’s spelling might not have gotten any better, but his album’s still selling ok.
Papa Roach, To Be Loved: Best Of Papa Roach (Geffen) #183, 2,500
The greatest hits package ties with As I Lay Dying on this week’s charts. Though it experiences a 55% decrease during its second week.
As I Lay Dying, The Powerless Rise (Metal Blade) #183, 2,500 copies
I wonder if As I Lay Dying will have “Scars” from selling the same amount as Papa Roach … yeah, I hate myself for that joke.
Pierce The Veil, Selfish Machines (Equal Vision), 1,300 sold
37% decrease in their third week. Yet still doing pretty well for themselves.
Kingdom of Sorrow, Behind the Blackest Tears (Relapse) 850 sold
Pretty much the same place they found themselves last week.
Eyes Set To Kill, Broken Frames (Break Silence) 760 sold
A slight 24% decrease in their fifth week.
Nevermore, The Obsidian Conspiracy (Century Media) 660 sold
Seeing as how they aren’t touring the U.S. until September, their album sales thus far are not too bad.
Rhapsody of Fire, The Frozen Tears of Angels (Nuclear Blast) 560 sold
The Italian power metallers experience a 31 % decrease in their second week.
And Hell Followed With, Proprioception (Earache) 500 sold
A 57% decrease in their second week.
We Came As Romans, To Plant A Seed (Equal Vision) 400 sold
At this point, if I don’t see this album on the charts, I think that something wrong is going on in the world.