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The Black Dahlia Murder’s Nightbringers Sold 20% More Copies in its First Week Than Abysmal Did

  • Axl Rosenberg

Since we sometimes have fun at the expense of lousy bands whose first-week record sales are in decline, it seems only right to celebrate when a great band sees its first-week record sales increase.

So it is with no small amount of pleasure that I report that The Black Dahlia Murder’s new album, Nightbringers, sold 12,000 copies in its initial week of release — a twenty percent increase over the 10,000 copies the band’s last album, 2015’s Abysmal, sold during that same period of time. That also means Nightbringers will chart higher on the Billboard 200 than its predecessor did — ten spots higher, to be exact, at number 35.

Lambgoat further notes that Nightbringers‘ first week sales further cement The Black Dahlia Murder as one of metal’s most dependably dependable bands:

“The showing adds yet another entry to The Black Dahlia Murder’s impressive streak of five consecutive albums that have debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard 200 and sold at least (roughly) 10,000 copies in their first week.”

If you want to be a Debbie Downer, you could point out Ritual (2011) and Everblack (2013) remain the band’s high points in terms of first week sales, with each moving roughly 13,000 units in its first week of release. The fact remains that The Black Dahlia Murder’s sales are remarkably consistent by modern standards. Not a whole lotta bands see their sales rise, or even barely sink, in this day and age.

Nightbringers is out now on Metal Blade. You can stream it below, or just buy it here.

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