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SOUNDSCAN: A BIG WEEK FOR DREAM THEATER, DARKEST HOUR, GOATWHORE

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dream theater - black clouds and silver liningsLast week was a ginormous week for new metal releases, and with new ones from Killswitch and Suicide Silence this week promises to be the same. Topping last week’s crop was Dream Theater’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings which debuted at #6 on the Soundscan Charts. Wait a minute… Dream Theater debuted at #6?? Holy fuckity-fuck. Darkest Hour, The Mars Volta, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Goatwhore also had strong debuts. Click through for chart positions and sales numbers.

#6 DREAM THEATER – BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS
This week: 40,285 (debut)

That a band who does what Dream Theater do can sell so many records is amazing. It speaks to their timelessness and continued relevance. The album’s not even that good as far as Dream Theater albums go, but hey, it’s Dream Theater and I still love ’em. Both the chart position and sales number are the highest ever for the band.

12 MARS VOLTA – OCTAHEDRON
This week: 29,880 (cebut)

Not metal but a lot of people here will appreciate this.

15 CHICKENFOOT – CHICKENFOOT
This week: 24,611
Cume: 198,647

Fourth week on, finally dropping. Still… sold way more than I’d expected it to, at all.

47 HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD SWAN SONGS
This week: 8,901
Cume: 437,529
124 HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – SWAN SONGS B-SIDES
This week: 4,084 (debut)

Fear for today’s children.

71 MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER – III
This week: 6,048 (debut)

Good for these dudes. This is a solid record. We’re streaming a free track here.

81 ALEXISONFIRE – OLD CROWS/YOUNG CARD
This week: 5,703 (debut)

Some people dig this band, right?

104 DARKEST HOUR – ETERNAL RETURN
This week: 4,746 (debut)

This album also landed at #1 on the Top New Artist Albums chart which is funny because, like, these guys have been around for 15 years. But I’m actually jamming this record as I type this and it’s awesome!

184 BROKENCYDE – I’M NOT A FAN BUT THE KIDS LIKE IT
This week: 2,779
Cume: 9,072

Thank GOD this didn’t end up being as big as the hordes of MySpace kids made it out to be. MySpace fans ≠ real fans.

190 GOATWHORE – CARVING OUT THE EYES OF GOD
This week: 2,686 (debut)

YES!!!!!!!

-VN

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