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BIG SALES WEEK FOR THE FACELESS, DIR EN GREY, BEHEMOTH

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the faceless - planetary dualityAll is not lost in the world of metal; in fact, this past week brought some nice surprises, along with the usual mish-mash of shitty radio rock bands. Last week’s sales numbers, with our usual sardonic commentary, after the jump. (Hint: look at the tags below, and click “read more” if any of those bands interest you!).

#6 AC/DC – BLACK ICE
This Week: 105,146
Cume: 1,319,914

Walmart, baby, Walmart. This will be double-platinum by year’s end, and Walmart will have blown through 2/3rds of the non-returnable CDs they purchased. Laugh your ass off, but AC/DC are laughing too… All the way to the bank.

#16 HINDER – TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
This Week: 36,340
Cume: 117,752

So, Hinder has a new album. Something tells me this is not going to be nearly as successful as the last. Oh darn!

#17 KID ROCK – ROCK N ROLL JESUS
This Week: 34,929
Cume: 2,373,294

58 weeks in, the beast that will never stop selling. That’s a 16% INCREASE from last week. Good God. Errr…. Jesus.

#19 METALLICA – DEATH MAGNETIC
This Week: 32,906
Cume: 1,315,129

Love it or hate it, should also be double-platinum by the time Christmas is done.

#61 SLIPKNOT – ALL HOPE IS GONE
This Week: 11,894
Cume: 541,044

If I were Roadrunner I’d be pretty thrilled with this one. It’s still very early on in the album cycle and already they’re past Gold.

#85 DISTURBED – INDESTRUCTIBLE
This Week: 7,814
Cume: 796,223

This fucking band is, unfortunately, indestructible.

#90 LINKIN PARK – MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
This Week: 7,232
Cume: 2,610,109

See Disturbed, above. Also: 79 weeks on; wtf???!?

#100 SHINEDOWN – SOUND OF MADNESS
This Week: 6,604
Cume: 220,638

Good band, great CD. About to go for the crossover hit. It’ll only go up from here.

#111 BUCKCHERRY – BLACK BUTTERFLY
This Week: 6,157
Cume: 133,036

Huge disappointment after the Cinderella story that was their previous album. Lightning struck twice for Buckcherry, but it won’t strike three times.

#114 DIR EN GREY – UROBOROS
This Week: 6,054 (debut)

That this foreign band who barely even sings in English can sell so many records boggles the mind. But hey, good for them.

#119 THE FACELESS – PLANETARY DUALITY
This Week: 5,631 (debut)

The day that a band that sounds like The Faceless do can sell only 36 fewer copies than radio darlings Staind is a fine day indeed.

#141 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – WAY OF THE FIST
This Week: 4,936
Cume: 239,111

A 34% sales jump from last week to this, their 33rd consecutive week on the chart. Impressive. But this band still sucks.

#154 SEETHER – FINDING BEAUTY IN NEGATIVE SPACE
This Week: 4,580
Cume: 589,552

I still don’t care / get this band.

#179 ALL THAT REMAINS – OVERCOME
This Week: 3,884
Cume: 78,317

Good thing we got paid for all those banner ads their record label bought from us. Oh, wait.

Some more numbers from the “Hard Music” charts that didn’t make the cut for the Top 200…

#46 CRADLE OF FILTH – GODSPEED ON THE DEVIL’S THUNDER
This Week: 2,654
Cume: 18,132

This has gotta be a huge disappointment for Roadrunner, and frankly I’m pretty surprised too that this band didn’t sell more records. Maybe most of their fanbase is in Europe?

#59 THE BRONX – THE BRONX (III)
This Week: 1,969 (debut)

Yeah! This band is awesome.

#64 TRIVIUM – SHOGUN
This Week: 1,859
Cume: 47,309

Another surprise… I really thought this record would do better, but it seems like they’ve been quiet in the media since the record was released. But it’s still very early in the album cycle, so there’s plenty of time yet. Big tours should eventually push this record back up the charts.

#78 BEHEMOTH – EZKATON
This Week: 1,649 (debut)

See: The Faceless, above.

#85 UNEARTH – THE MARCH
This Week: 1,599
Cume: 22,666

I’m not sure whether this is seen as a success or failure from Metal Blade’s perspective. On one hand, 22,000 is a pretty respectable number by today’s standards, but on the other hand this band has been around for a while and I’d think the label would expect more. In any case, they put on a friggin’ awesome live show, so who cares?

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