Thursday, October 6, 2011

MACHINE HEAD Hits the Billboard Top 200 at #22 with New Album ‘Unto The Locust’

MACHINE HEAD have once again proven their elite status amongst today’s massive array of heavy metal artists. More than doubling on the #54 Billboard Top 200 debut chart position of the band’s 2007 Grammy-nominated release, The Blackening, MACHINE HEAD have topped themselves again with a remarkable #22 Billboard Top 200 chart debut for their new album, Unto The Locust, with over 17,000 albums scanned. The new album debuts at #4 on the Hard Music chart and the Current Hard Music chart, as well as the top internet chart at #26. The album came in at #19 on the overall digital albums chart with nearly 6,000 albums sold digitally, 35% of the overall scan. Even more impressive, this is the third consecutive album to show at least a 20% increase in sales over the previous release; a virtually unprecedented feat for any band or artist, let alone a metal band in 2011. To date, MACHINE HEAD has sold a staggering 2.4 million albums worldwide.

Unto The Locust is seeing amazing charting numbers overseas as well. The album charted at #5 on the German charts, #6 on the Austrian charts, #10 in Australia and Switzerland, #13 on the French charts, #18 on the Japanese charts, #19 on the New Zealand charts, #22 on the Belgian charts, #28 in Norway, and #82 on the United Kingdom charts (the album release in the United Kingdom was via the Metal Hammer fan pack, which does not counted towards UK chart numbers. The #82 chart number solely represents digital sales).

Released in North America on September 27th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records, Unto The Locust is widely-regarded as a new opus in modern metal, garnering stellar reviews referring to it as “a breathtaking work”, “one of 2011’s essential albums”, “a modern metal masterpiece”, “the most accomplished record [MACHINE HEAD] has ever recorded”, and “album of the year” by several of today’s top music publications and entertainment journalists. See below for more incredible statements made about Unto The Locust by the press, and be sure to purchase Unto The Locust on iTunes or physically at Best Buy or your local music retailer.

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