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Sludge Scan For November 1999


As of November 3, 1999

Aerosmith Tribute Record "Not The Same Old Song And Dance" 5,096
Anthrax "Sound Of White Noise" 504,375
Anthrax "Stomp 442" 113,545
Chris Cornell "Euphoria Morning" 190,984
Bruce Dickinson "Accident Of Birth" 40,518
Dokken "Erase The Slate" 32,037
Dokken "Very Best Of Dokken" 32,100
Faith No More "Who Cares A Lot – Greatest Hits" 35,587
Guns N’ Roses "Appetite For Destruction" 2,074,106 *
Guns N’ Roses "Use Your Illusion 1" 1,048,224 *
Guns N’ Roses "Use Your Illusion 2" 1,014,362 *
Guns N’ Roses "Spaghetti Incident" 1,232,263
Guns N’ Roses Tribute "Appetite For Reconstruction" 3,845
Hole "Celebrity Skin" 1,238,716
Judas Priest "Jugulator" 103,354
Judas Priest "98′ Live Meltdown" 38,417
Kix "Kix Live" 37,975
Local H "Ham Fisted" 18,885
Local H "AS Good As Dead" 320,720
Local H "Pack Up The Cats" 77,986
Loudmouth 22,740
Nirvana "Nevermind" 2,730,715 *
Overkill "Necroshine" 20,585
Overkill "Coverkill" 1,815
Saxon "Unleash The Beast" 10,651
Scorpions "Eye II Eye" 52,328
Slaughter "Back To Reality" 15,414
Styx "Brave New World" 47,059
Union Original Release 19,705
Union Reissue on Spitfire Records 389
Union "Live In The Galaxy" 2,500
Warrant "Latest and Greatest" 2,329

Notes Of Interest:

Guns N Roses "Appetite For Destruction" is selling about 6,000 units a week, or 300,000 units a year.  In 3 weeks, Appetite sells more copies than Slaughter’s "Back To Reality has sold since June 29th.  And Appetite is 12 years old!  Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 are selling about 1,500 units a week. 

Nirvana’s "Nevermind" is selling about 3,000 to 4,000 units a week.

The last 4 weeks of Warrant’s album sales are as follows:

346 Last week

491 2 weeks ago

608 3 weeks ago

825 4 weeks ago

In other words, it’s dropping like a rock.

Slaughter sold only 261 albums last week.  Each week since it’s release it has dropped.

The Union reissue has sold only 389 units.  Let’s say, hypothetically speaking, that Spitfire Records is making about $10 profit on each CD, that means they’ve only made about $3,900.  They probably spent more than that on packaging.  For Spitfire to put out that album probably cost them between $10,000 and $25,000, so it’s safe to say they aren’t making their money back on that.

As of November 4, 1999

Bang Tango "Psycho Cafe"

44,100 *

Bang Tango "Dancing On Coals" 90,174 *
Bang Tango "Live" 1,043
Danger Daner "Four The Hard Way" 859
Danzig "Danzig II – Lucifuge" 15,987
Sammy Hagar "Red Voodoo" 300,212
Misfits "Walk Among Us" Original Release 113,464 *
Misfits "Walk Among Us" Reissue 31,137
Misfits "American Psycho" 88248
Misfits "Static Age" 39,785
Misfits "Famous Monsters" 20,599
Obsessed "Church Within" 7,210
Orange Goblin "Time Traveling Blues" 1,838
David Lee Roth "DLR Band" 50,946
Savatage "Street -A Rock Opera" 67,413 *
Savatage "Wake Of Magellan" 30,800
Spock’s Beard "Day For Night" 3,754
Howard Stern’s "Private Parts Soundtrack" 556,659
Tesla "Five Man Acoustical Jam" 1,372,266 *
Tesla "Psychotic Supper" 1,098,781
Tesla "Bust A Nut" 322,026
Tesla "Time’s Makin’ Changes – Best Of" 371,990
Van Halen "3" 503,518
Widowmaker "Blood & Bullets" 50,093
Widowmaker "Stand By For Pain" 15,140

Notes Of Interest:

Tesla’s "Time’s Makin’ Changes" is selling about 49,000 units a year.  That’s 4 years after it’s release.

The last time I updated Van Halen "3", DLR, and Sammy Hagar "Red Voodoo" was on July 14th, so let’s see how many units they’ve sold since then.

Van Halen "3" has sold 2,816 units since July 14th.

David Lee Roth "DLR Band" has sold 1,214 units since July 14th.

Sammy Hagar "Red Voodoo" has sold 44,475 units since July 14th.

Sammy’s the big winner there.

Now here are some requests that I received that I need to address.  If you are going to request a band, request a band that at least people have maybe heard of.  Not some local band who has their CD in stores.  Check out these requests and totals.

Goatsnake "I" 726
Las Cruces "Ringmaster" 19
Lid "In The Mushroom" 330
Pentagram "Be Forewarned" 887
Spirit Caravan "Dream Wheel EP" 181

Has anybody really heard of these bands?  Las Cruces must be the biggest losers around because they only sold 19 copies of their album.  Most bands have at least 3 members, plus family and friends, so any band should automatically be over 30, at least!  The CD is even available through CD Now, and they still haven’t sold more than 19 copies.  Total losers.  From now on, please try not to request the most obscure bands on the planet.  Not to sound like a bitch, but getting these requests is almost a waste of time.

Also, you need to send your requests to sludgescan@metal-sludge.com

That is where the requests should be sent.  If it’s send anywhere else, you’ll be denied, so do it right.

As Of November 18, 1999

I received a tremendous amount of requests, and they will all be up either by Monday or Tuesday at the latest.  But to hold you guys over, here is the biggest request we’ve gotten.  It’s for Sebastian Bach’s new release.  What I’ve also done is compare his first and second weeks sales to some other bands sales. 

Sebastian Bach "Bring ‘Em Bach Alive"


Sebastian only sold 780 copies during the first week.  That’s worse than Warrant did!  That’s what he gets.  Had he done 20 Questions, he might have broken 1,000.  Too bad for him.

Now here is a comparison of a few bands first and second week sales, along with their total so far.


Week1 Week 2 Scans to date
Sebastian Bach "Bring ‘Em Bach Alive" - Release 11/2/99 780    558 1,339
L.A. Guns "Greatest Hits & Black Beauties" – Release 6/1/99 368 424 6,073
Pretty Boy Floyd "Porn Stars"  Release – 8/10/99 145 122 954
Warrant "Greatest & Latest" Release – 10/99




and the winner is…

Slaughter "Back To Reality" – 6/29/99 3,321 1,943 15,799

Slaughter is like Limp Bizkit compared to the rest of these bozos!  However, compared to Ratt, Great White, and Dokken, Slaughter has nothing to get excited about. 

As Of November 22, 1999

AC/DC "Fly On The Wall" 136,942 *
Acid Bath "When The Kite String Pops" 37,023
Alice In Chains "Sap" 645,721
Alice In Chains "Dirt" 2,905,270
Alice In Chains "Jar Of Flies" 1,985,197
Alice In Chains "S/T"  1,609,970
Alice In Chains "Unplugged" 1,150,536
Amorphis "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" 13,498
Amorphis "Elegy" 13,104
Amorphis "Tuonela" 7,219
Anthrax "Volume 8 -The Threat Is Real" 73,730
Armored Saint "Symbol Of Salvation"

         Metal Blade Reissue 7/14/98
49,336 *

At The Gates "Slaughter Of The Soul" 16,507
Jonn Bon Jovi "Destination Anywhere" 193,387
Bush "Sixteen Stone" 5,379,255
Bush "Razorblade Suitcase" 2,830,550
Cannibal Corpse "The Bleeding" 83,151
Cannibal Corpse "Vile" 59,067
Carcass "Heartwork" 1/11/94

 …Earache Re-issue 9/10/96

Carcass "Swansong" 22,868
Cathedral "The Etheral Mirror" 7/6/93

 …Earache Re-issue 9/10/96

Cinderella "Night Songs" 292,095 *
Clutch "Transnational Speedway League" 114,847
Clutch "S/T" 138,730
Clutch "Elephant Riders" 75,812
Dimmu Borgir "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" 7,098
Dimmu Borgir "Spiritual Black Dimensions" 7,914
Emperor "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk" 18,260
Emperor "IX Equilibrium" 10,820
Fear Factory  "Soul Of A New Machine" 91,888
Fear Factory "Demanufacture" 191,725
Fear Factory "Obsolete" 291,432
Foo Fighters "S/T" 1,173,171
Foo Fighters "The Colour & The Shape" 1,457,758
Foo Fighters "There Is Nothing Left To Lose" 177,472
Motorhead "Sacrifice"

  …re-issue 1/13/98

Motorhead  "Overnight Sensation" 11,587
Motorhead "Snake Bite Love" 12,631
Mr. Bungle "California" 43,185
Neurosis "Through Silver In Blood" 23,849
Neurosis "Times Of Grace" 11,507
Queen "Classic Queen" 2,677,963
Queen "Greatest Hits" 3,543,405
Queen "Made In Heaven" 240,621
Queensryche "Hear In The Now Frontier" 298,759
David Lee Roth "A Little Ain’t Enough" 330,435 *
Rush "Counterparts" 744,786
Rush "Test For Echo" 459,409
Rush "Different Stages" 202,811
Savatage "Hall Of The Mountain King" 59,247 *
Soilent Green "Sewn Mouth Secrets" 7,793
Van Halen "Vol. 1 – Best Of" 2,086,746
Kip Winger "This Conversation Seems Like A Dream" 8,279
Kip Winger "Down Incognito" 533

As of November 23, 1999

Deep Purple "Purpendicular" 43,279
Deep Purple "Abandon" 29,233
Def Leppard "Euphoria" 444,023
Dokken "Back For The Attack" 79,444 *
Dokken "Tooth & Nail" 148,363 *
Dokken "Under Lock & Key" 183,996 *
Dokken "Erase The Slate" 32,858
Dio "Strange Highways" 71,314
Dio "Angry Machines" 35,516
Dio "Inferno – Live" 37,544
Dream Theater "Scenes From A Memory" 33,179
Goldfinger 342,835
Iced Earth "Alive In Athens" 5,636
Insane Clown Posse "Riddle Box" 459,319
Insane Clown Posse "The Great Milenko" Hollywood Records Version

…Island Records Reissue

Insane Clown Posse "Amazing Jeckle Brothers" 538,092
Iron Maiden "Ed Hunter" 9,241
Mr. Big "Hey Man" 25,240
Pavement "Terror Twilight" 60,135
Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon" 4,255,947
Queensryche "Q2K" 90,668
Stuck Mojo "HYY 1" 2,415
Survivor "Eye Of The Tiger"

 …3/12/91 re-issue –

 …1/26/99 re-issue –


Survivor "Greatest Hits"

 …3/12/91 re-issue


Notes Of Interest:

Since November 3rd, Dokken has sold 827 units.

Dream Theater’s new album has been out a month and sold 33,179. 

As Of November 28, 1999

Amen 6,151
Black Crowes  "Shake Your Money Maker"

 …Reissue 8/11/98
3,526,452 *

Black Crowes "Southern Harmony & Musical Companion"

  …Reissue 8/11/98

Black Crowes "Amorica"

   …Reissue 8/11/98

Black Crowes "Three Snakes & One Charm"

   …Reissue 8/11/98

Black Crowes "By Your Side" 246,280
Black Lab "Your Body Above Me" 104,054
Corrosion of Conformity "Blind" 

 re-issue 12/28/94 –
157,669 *

Corrosion of Conformity "Deliverance" 379,017
Corrosion of Conformity "Wiseblood" 130,853
Down "NOLA" 200,799
God Lives Underwater "Empty"

 re-issue 8/28/98 –

God Lives Underwater "Life In The So-Called Space Age"  80,182
Iron Maiden "Number Of The Beast"

 re-issue…10/24/95 –

 re-issue…1/1/99 –
200,555 *


Iron Maiden "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son"

 re-issue…10/31/95 –

 re-issue…1/1/99 –
122,710 *


Iron Maiden "Fear Of The Dark"

 re-issue…10/24/95 –

 re-issue…1/1/99 –


Iron Maiden "X Factor" 10/10/95 –

 re-issue…11/25/97 –

Iron Maiden "Virtual XI" 57,865
Machine Head "Burn My Eyes" 121,526
Machine Head "More Things Change" 97,424
Machine Head "Burning Red" 66,793
The Mayfield Four "Fallout" 5,079
Megadeth "Risk" 200,953
Platypus "When Pus Comes To Shove" 7,129
Quiet Riot "Terrified" 14,718
Quiet Riot "Down To The Bone" 12,549
Quiet Riot "Best Of" 101,004
Quiet Riot "Best Of Quiet Riot" 50,548
Quiet Riot  "Alive And Well" 10,492
Joe Satriani "Crystal Planet" 201,506
Slipknot 201,935
Spock’s Beard "Beware Of Darkness" 1,782
Steve Vai "Fire Garden" 87,969

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