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Machine Head‘s “Catharsis” First Week's Sales Down By Half Of Its Predecessor “Bloodstone & Diamonds”

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Machine Head‘s polarizing new release “Catharsis” has opened at #65 on the Billboard 200. The album shifted roughly 9.000 units in the United States during its first week of release, down from the 18.200 sold units its predecessor “Bloodstone & Diamonds” (2014 ) did during its first week. Notably as Machine Head themselves claim below, the effort has performed admirably internationally:

CATHARSIS DEBUTS HIGHEST INT. CHART ENTRIES IN HISTORY!!? ? They say "the proof is in the pudding”. The results are in on Machine Head's latest album CATHARSIS, and the Head Cases of the U.K., Germany, and Australia stood their ground, stood by their band, and infiltrated the National Mainstream Charts in an unprecedented way! ? ? - CATHARSIS debuts at #3 in Germany! ? - CATHARSIS debuts at #12 on the U.K. National charts!? - CATHARSIS debuts at #10 Australia ? ? CATHARSIS early opening week entries marks the highest chart positions in Machine Head's legendary and illustrious 27 history. These are not the "rock" charts, these are not the "metal" charts, these are the official charts that quantify all music from pop to hip hop. ? ? It marks Machine Head's first Top #5 entry into the German national charts, bests Machine Head's previous highest U.K. charting of 1999's "The Burning Red" of #13 (over 18 years ago!?), equals our previous highest Australian charting, and gives record label Nuclear Blast one of their best weeks EVER in the global music market.? ? Previous album chart positions around the world can be seen below, with 1999's "The Burning Red" and 2014's "Bloodstone & Diamonds" tallying up the highest numbers, followed by 2011's "Unto The Locust" and 2007's "The Blackening".? ? Machine Head frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn adds, "we are feeling SO unbelievably grateful to the Head Cases of Germany, The U.K. and Australia right now, words can’t even really put it into perspective. In a world dominated by hip hop and pop music, in terms of both sales and relevance, you just sent a deafening message to the world at large... Metal means something important!!? ? It’s been a long road making this album, and we still have a looooooong way to go. You and I both know, it isn’t always easy being a Head Case. You take A LOT of shit for it, you get A TON of hate for it.? ? But ya know what… WE FUCKING DID IT HEAD CASES!!? ? That line in “Beyond The Pale” was written for you guys “I found my heroes, in freaks and zeros”, let your freak-flags fly, you guys are OUR heroes!!? ? SPREAD THE HEAD MOTHERFUCKERS!!"? ? US / rest-of-world chart positions arrive by Wed

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Meanwhile Hatebreed, etc. singer Jamey Jasta has put out the below shirt satirizing Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and rap outfit Run-DMC. The t-shirt was inspired by a joke on Jamey Jasta‘s ‘The Jasta Show‘ and of course hints at Flynn once again back to rhyming on the latest Machine Head effort “Catharsis“.

If you’ve listened to my podcast before you’re in on the joke! Tribute shirt to one of the best flows in metal! He’s ill on the mic! Mr @robbflynn ! Act fast, they will be gone quickly and are LIMITED EDITION! Visit www.martyrstore.net Catch @machine_head on tour now! Machine Head evening w/ Tour Supporting their 'Catharsis' Album Feb. 6 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Centerstage Feb. 8 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theatre of Living Arts Feb. 9 – New York, N.Y. 2 Playstation Feb. 10 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club Feb. 11 – Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda Feb. 13 – Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth MH Feb. 14 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom Feb. 15 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE Feb. 16 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Feb. 17 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Feb. 20 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Woolys Feb. 21 – Madison, Wis. @ Majestic Feb. 22 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue Feb. 23 – Chicago, Ill. @ Concord MH Feb. 24 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Pops Feb. 27 – Denver, Colo. @ Summit MH March 1 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues March 2 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Fonda March 3 – Oakland, Calif. @ The Fox Theater March 5 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland March 6 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore March 7 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox Market

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1. Alb writes:

This horse crap is even on same sales chart as beyonce.

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2. Virch writes:

This album blows big time! Machine Head once again sells out. Next they go on tour with Phil Collins.

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3. Donald J Trump writes:

I knew it wouldn't sell as well in America. The lyrical theme of the record is too controversial right now. Overall it's pretty decent though. Just a few skippers.

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4. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

Yeah, "Catharsis" totally sucks balls.

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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

Shame on you Robb Flynn!

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6. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

I wish Robb could just go back to Vio-Lence but that's likely never going to happen because of Sean Killian's health.

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7. X writes:

Me too. In fact, I'd rather listen to some Vio-Lence than any Machine Head album.

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8. Blindgreed1 writes:

Nah, Davidian is by far greater (as well as TTAOE and The Blackening) than any Vio-Lence album. Of course that's just one man's opinion. I like Vio-Lence, and i'd like to see a reunion as well, but Davidian is great start to finish. I've worn out 2 CD's since it's release.

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9. RememberMetal? writes:

The More Things Change and TTAOE are personal favorites. When someone says Machine Head I think of those two albums reflexively. I was an early and vocal naysayer of the albums that came between those two.

The Blackening is basically a modern classic. Generally speaking the Locust and Bloodstone were solid albums too. I still spin all three.

I'll work myself up to listening to Catharsis eventually... but I am not looking forward to it.

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