SOUNDSCAN: MEGADETH, BLACK DAHLIA, SHADOWS FALL, EVERY TIME I DIE AND MORE
Last Tuesday was a huuuuge week for new metal releases. Megadeth, Black Dahlia Murder, Shadows Fall, Living Colour, Dying Fetus, Porcupine Tree, Every Time I Die, Thrice and Ace Frehley all released new albums, and all charted in the Top 200! After the jump, let’s look at where they all ended up.
9 MEGADETH – ENDGAME
This week: 44,696 (debut)
No surprise here. Megadeth is huge, and so is that number. Well done, Dave!
25 PORCUPINE TREE – THE INCIDENT
This week: 17,574 (debut)
This to me is shocking. I had no idea this band was so popular… I’m psyched for them.
27 ACE FREHLEY – ANOMALY
This week: 16,742 (debut)
I can’t believe this charted so high! No idea anyone still cared.
35 SHADOWS FALL – RETRIBUTION
This week: 13,205 (debut)
A far cry for the 40-some-odd thousand debut of their last record, but in these times 13,000 is really fucking good. Now get out there on the road and sell some fucking merch!
43 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – DEFLORATE
This week: 12,377 (debut)
46 EVERY TIME I DIE – NEW JUNK AESTHETIC
This week: 11,917
No idea how these two stack up against these bands’ prior releases, but I’m sure everyone is quite happy with these number.
47 THRICE – BEGGARS
This week: 11,686 (physical CD debut)
This is a tricky one; because of the super-early album leak, Vagrant bumped up the digital release of the album to August, and they bumped up the physical release to last Tuesday (it had originally been in October). So while the 11,686 units shifted last week is technically a “debut,” it just includes physical CDs (plus whatever smaller amount of digital albums may have been sold last week). That’s a really solid number. The Cume number includes everything sold to date.
99 SAOSIN – IN SEARCH OF SOLID GROUND
This week: 5,333
I had no idea Saosin even had a new record out. Oh well.
114 CHICKENFOOT – CHICKENFOOT
This week: 4,302
Radio still sells CDs to old people.
121 HALESTORM – HALESTORM
This week: 4,012
Low by major label standards but still good for a brand new band; the more people see this band live, the better they will do.
159 LIVING COLOUR – CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY
This week: 2,822 (debut)
I can’t imagine anyone thought Living Colour would sell a ton of records. Still, it’s good to know that people still care about this excellent band. And at this point I get the impression Living Colour are making music solely to satisfy themselves… so really, who cares how well the album sells?
166 DYING FETUS – DESCEND INTO DEPRAVITY
This week: 2,714
This one to me is shocking, that Dying Fetus can sell nearly as many records as Living Colour. I had no idea this band was so popular.
184 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
This week: 2,515
It’s go time for Roadrunner. Either this record spawns a big radio single, or this record is done. Is Killswitch’s time ending?
198 SLIPKNOT – ALL HOPE IS GONE 2,298 2 2,255 826,578
All this record needs is a special edition re-release to push it platinum.