NEILSTEIN ROSENBERG SOUNDSCAM: CONCENTRATING ON DEBUTS
Vince will be back soon, but for now, “Neilstein SoundScam” is still in my evil hands. There were a lot of big debuts last week, so we’re gonna concentrate solely on those for this outing. After the jump, check out some of the more noteworthy sales stats from the latest Top Hard Music charts, including albums by August Burns Red, In Flames, The Black Dahlia Murder, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, and more!
1 AUGUST BURNS RED – LEVELER
Last week: 28,535 (debut)
Well, that 28, 535 people I can easily cross off of my “potential friends” list.
2 IN FLAMES – SOUNDS OF A PLAYGROUND FADING
Last week: 13,842 (debut)
That seems like a solid number, until you realize that that it’s something like ten thousand fewer units than the band’s last album, A Sense of Purpose, shipped in its first frame. Part of that decrease is probably just the ongoing shittiness of album sales in the modern age, but part of it is almost certainly that the band’s older fanbase (like this blogger right here) believes that IF may have finally nuked the fridge. I guess we’ll see if their upcoming stint on Mayhem helps at all.
4 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – RITUAL
Last week: 12,960 (debut)
In contrast with In Flames, that’s roughly a thousand copies more than BDM’s last album, Deflorate, sold in its initial week of release. See? Quality does matter.
9 SYMPHONY X – ICONOCLAST
Last week: 7,331 (debut)
Yeah I have nothing to say about this. Good for them!
9 CROSSFADE – WE ALL BLEED
Last week: 5,250 (debut)
I actually would have guessed that a Crossfade album would way outsell a Symphony X album. So, shows what I know. The theme of this week would almost be “Hey, everything doesn’t suck after all,” if not for that irritating ABR album up at the top there, and the fact that Crossfade still outsold…
23 DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – DECONSTRUCTION
Last week: 3,483 (debut)
I don’t think anyone should be disappointed by that number, but I still think it’s a crock of shit that a shitty Xtian metalcore band sold like eight times more albums than Heavy Devy.
53 MISS MAY I – MONUMENT
Last week: 1,844 (debut)
That’s another 1,844 people I can easily cross off of my “potential friends” list! Swell! Actually, there’s probably some overlap with ABR, but… still!