SOUNDSCAN WEDNESDAY BELONGS TO BARONESS AND SKELETONWITCH
Not that we had any doubt Baroness’ Blue Record would have a strong debut, but it’s always nice to see the proof. And Skeletonwitch’s ripping new record Breathing the Fire had a great debut too; I’m elated to see the band sell as many records first week as they did. Elsewhere it was the usual radio rock / alt-metal suspects dominating the charts. Click through to see chart positions and sales figures.
13 BREAKING BENJAMIN – DEAR AGONY
This week: 26,569
17 ALICE IN CHAINS – BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE
This Week: 23,023
This record is slipping down the charts quite quickly as is de rigueur this days, so hopefully the AIC guys don’t pull a Dave Mustaine and blame their label.
33 MUSE – RESISTANCE
This week: 15,394
That’s a great number for this band in the U.S., no?
49 METALOCALYPSE: DETHKLOK – DETHALBUM II
This week: 10,892
57 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – WAR IS THE ANSWER
This week: 9,521
65 SHINEDOWN – SOUND OF MADNESS
This week: 8,386
95 CHEVELLE – SCI-FI CRIMES
This week: 5,697
108 THEORY OF A DEADMAN – SCARS & SOUVENIRS
This week: 5,031
111 RODRIGO Y GABRIELA – 11:11
This week: 4,884
117 BARONESS – BLUE RECORD
This week: 4,696 (debut)
A huge debut for this band and a huge debut for Relapse. Congrats to everyone! Will they follow Mastodon’s footsteps from the metal underground to the mainstream? FYI, this record netted #1 on the “Top New Artist” chart and #15 on “Top Hard Music.”
142 MEGADETH – ENDGAME
This week: 3,948
Boo fucking hoo, you’ve sold nearly 100,000 records. Now go tour and make money the way everyone else does these days, douche.
151 SKELETONWITCH – BREATHING THE FIRE
This week: 3,483 (debut)
I honestly did not expect these guys to sell so many records but I’m of course happy they did. I guess they have hardcore fans.
154 HATEBREED – HATEBREED
This week: 3,326
Is this band’s popularity finally waning or do people just care more about their lives show than their records?
166 STEEL PANTHER – FEEL THE STEEL
This week: 3,047
This band will be dropped from Universal faster than you can say “my cock’s a free spirit.” Too bad, ’cause they rule.
167 CHICKENFOOT – CHICKENFOOT
This week: 3,017