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Neilstein Soundscam: Through the Never, Coming to a Dream Theater Near You

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Neilstein Soundscam

 

Dream Theater and Metallica made big splashes with debuts this week but neither could grab the top spot of the Neilstein power rankings.

More details sales number this week and every week at Metal Insider.

1. ↔ Carcass / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 1 / Weeks On: 6

Albums sold last week: 2,400 (Surgical Steel, week two)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 7.6% (289,934 likes · 22,186 talking about this)
YouTube: 367,000 (“Captive Bolt Pistol” official premiere)

That is what you call maintaining buzz after release week — the Facebook Fan Engagement percentage actually went UP.

2. ↑ Dream Theater / Peak: 2 / Last Week: 7 / Weeks On: 3

Albums sold last week: 33,950 (Dream Theater, debut)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 2.1% (3,300,932 likes · 70,519 talking about this)
YouTube: 696,000 (“The Enemy Inside” lyric video)

Right in that 20-40k comfort zone they’re always in first week, just like I predicted. This band’s albums still sell like clockwork.

3. ♦ Metallica / Peak: 3 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 3

Albums sold last week: 25,250 (Through the Never Soundtrack, debut)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 1.4% (32,630,393 likes · 459,852 talking about this)

The superfans will buy anything, and this band has a ton of superfans. The full-on media blitz for the movie has been insane, with all the mainstream outlets covered in addition to the usual metal suspects.

4. ↓ Avenged Sevenfold / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 2 / Weeks On: 10

Albums sold last week: 15,200 (Hail to the King, week five)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 1.2% Fan Activity (14,926,899 likes · 189,684 talking about this)
YouTube: 4.94 million (“Hail to the King” official premiere)

What’s even more amazing than the continued album sales is the continued rise in YouTube views.

5. ↓ Gwar / Peak: 3 / Last Week: 4 / Weeks On: 4

Albums sold last week: [no data] (Battle Maximus, week three)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 2.8% (252,365 likes · 7,164 talking about this)
YouTube: 51,000 (“Madness at the Core of Time” official stream)

Keepin’ strong.

6. ↓ Ulcerate / Peak: 4 / Last Week: 4 / Weeks On: 5

Albums sold last week: [no data] (Vermis, week two)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 15.8% (19,810 likes · 3,121 talking about this)
YouTube: 47,000 (“Confronting Entropy” official premiere)

Stream the entire new album here.

7. ↑ Protest the Hero / Peak: 7 / Last Week: 8 / Weeks On: 3

Albums sold last week: 0 (Volition, October 29)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 1.7% (284,302 likes · 4,775 talking about this)
YouTube: 24,000 (“Clarity” lyric video, U.S. version)

Their album artwork reveal concept may have been ill-fated, but the band still experienced a spike in online buzz because of it. They released a new song this week too.

8. ↑ Red Fang / Peak: 8 / Last Week: 9 / Weeks On: 2

Albums sold last week: 0 (Whales and Leeches, October 15)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 4.9% (114,977 likes · 5,580 talking about this)
YouTube: 32,000 (“Blood Like Cream” official track)

The Fang continue to build momentum towards their album release.

9. ♦ Ihsahn / Peak: 9 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1

Albums sold last week: 0 (Das Seelenbrechen, October 22)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 12.6% (43,313 likes · 5,475 talking about this)
YouTube: nothing!

Ihsahn and his team really need to work on his YouTube presence. But the excitement for this album’s release is definitely there, and the early buzz is good. Stream new song “Hiber” here.

10. ♦ Rivers of Nihil / Peak: 10 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1

Albums sold last week: 0 (The Conscious Seed of Light, October 15)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 12.6% (7,025 likes · 966 talking about this)
YouTube: 29,000 (“Rain Eater” official stream)

Never have I seen MetalSucks commenters so united in praise of a new band.

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