NEILSTEIN SOUNDSCAM: GOING INTO THE WAR OF AGES WITH A TORCHE AND A PRONG
There weren’t any major heavy hitters with new albums last week, but there were plenty of great, new releases from mid-level and smaller bands including Torche, Prong, Anathema, Paradise Lost, Cancer Bats, Unleashed and Disfiguring the Goddess, all of which broke the Top 100 of the Current Hard Music chart. Those numbers, plus more:
8 WAR OF AGES – RETURN TO LIFE
Last week: 2,856 (debut)
2,856 people that love being preached to whilst listening to generic metalcore riffs.
10 TORCHE – HARMONICRAFT
Last week: 2,658 (debut)
Not sure how this number compares to their past efforts, but on its own merit it strikes me as pretty good for Torche.
23 PRONG – CARVED INTO STONE
Last week: 1,767 (debut)
24 SATRIANI*JOE – SATCHURATED: LIVE IN MONTREAL
Last week: 1,656 (debut)
Huh huh, “SATCHURATED,” ’cause his name is SATRIANI, or SATCH for short. Get it?
32 ANATHEMA – WEATHER SYSTEMS
Last week: 1,412 (debut)
39 TRIXTER – NEW AUDIO MACHINE
Last week: 1,104 (debut)
47 PARADISE LOST – TRAGIC IDOL
Last week: 1,004 (debut)
These three are like the Marc Schapiro power-trio of new releases. Dude must be having the best week ever!
59 CANCER BATS – DEAD SET ON LIVING
Last week: 683 (debut)
I guess this band hasn’t worked out quite as well in the U.S. as Metal Blade had hoped. Too bad, ’cause this album rips.
67 UNLEASHED – ODALHEIM
Last week: 622 (debut)
This album is so, so good. Seek it out and listen to it. Peep the title track here.
87 DISFIGURING THE GODDESS – SLEEPER
Last week: 476
I would’ve thought Mr. Argon would’ve sold waaaaay more than that… but I guess it makes sense since he came out of the whole deathcore/piracy/blogspot/.rar scene? In any case, I’ll bet he’s sold 4x that many t-shirts.
91 7 HORNS 7 EYES – THROES OF ABSOLUTION
Last week: 526
Not bad considering this is a brand new band to most people. I implore you to listen to a couple of tracks here.
And here are a few slightly older records, since MS reader Brian McCullough asked me nicely to post them:
27 ACCEPT – STALINGRAD
Last week: 1,399
46 OVERKILL – THE ELECTRIC AGE
Last week: 902
72 MEGADETH – TH1RT3EN
Last week: 530
83 HIGH ON FIRE – DE VERMIS MYSTERIS
Last week: 1,044