Neilstein Soundscam: Protest the ‘Witch
We missed Neilstein Soundscam last week because… no good reason. I know you guys were anxiously awaiting the column to tell how much I suck, how irrelevant it is, how album sales are the only TRUE barometer of a band’s success and how you just open the article to click on the link to Metal Insider, and I know how disappointed you all were. Turn that frown upside down, friends: we’re back! Yes, this chart is still completely subject to my ever-changing whims and opinions. Sorry.
This week’s detailed sales figures are available at Metal Insider as always.
1. ↑ Protest the Hero / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 1 / Weeks On: 6
I’m actually surprised the album didn’t shift more units, but that’s still a helluva number. Wonder if the pre-orders via Indiegogo were counted in that. In any case PtH are firing on all cylinders right now and it is a sight to behold. Stream Volition in full here.
2. ↑ Skeletonwitch / Peak: 2 / Last Week: 7 / Weeks On: 2
3. ↓ Rivers of Nihil / Peak: 2 / Last Week: 2 / Weeks On: 4
A Facebook Engagement percentage of 35.6% is absolutely insane and unheard of in the history of this chart. That’s bananas! Stream The Conscious Seed of Light in full here.
4. ↓ Red Fang / Peak: 3 / Last Week: 3 / Weeks On: 4
These guys still have a pretty solid buzz going after a strong debut. 1,850 units sold the week before this one.
5. ↔ Trivium / Peak: 5 / Last Week: 5 / Weeks On: 2
Band sells a lot of records!
6. ♦ Warbringer / Peak: 6 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1
Warbringer sold less albums than Toxic Holocaust in the battle of neo-thrash debuts — and they have a lower Facebook Fan Engagement percentage — but I’m gonna give them the slight edge on buzz this time around. It really could’ve gone either way, though.
7. ♦ Toxic Holocaust / Peak: 7 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1
This album has a good buzz too. But what happened with that Youtube number?
8. ↓ Death Angel / Peak: 4 / Last Week: 4 / Weeks On: 3
Albums sold last week: [no data] (The Dream Calls For Blood, week three)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 4.4% (237,149 likes · 10,439 talking about this)
YouTube: 39,000 (“The Dream Calls For Blood” official lyric video)
I don’t have the album sales figures this week, but the debut was over 5,000 so I’d estimate around 1,000 units this past week. Their tour with Revocation, 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross and Diamond Plate is raging through America right now.
9. ♦ Dying Fetus / Peak: 9 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1
10. ↔ Whores / Peak: 10 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1
Albums sold last week: [no data] (Clean, debut)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 4.9% Fan Activity (7,891 likes · 386 talking about this)
YouTube: still nothing!
This band is dropping the ball in the YouTube department, but the buzz is still good and the album is great: listen.