“The Great Fire”, the new album from Orange County, California’s BLEEDING THROUGH, sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 193 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s previous, self-titled CD opened with around 3,700 copies to land at No. 143.
BLEEDING THROUGH‘s 2008 effort, “Declaration”, registered a first-week tally of 6,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 101.
“The Great Fire” track listing:
02. Faith In Fire
03. Goodbye To Death
04. Final Hours
05. Starving Vultures
06. Everything You Love Is Gone
07. Walking Dead
08. Devil And Self Doubt
09. Step Back In Line
10. Trail Of Seclusion
11. Deaf Ears
12. One By One
14. Back To Life
In a recent interview with AOL‘s Noisecreep, BLEEDING THROUGH vocalist Brandan Schieppati stated about the current state of the underground music industry, “When BLEEDING THROUGH first starting doing this, you would hear people gloat about stuff like selling 400,000 albums, or selling out huge venues, but it’s so different now. Now you’ll hear bands say, ‘We made it! We sold $700 in merch tonight!’ It’s a joke.
“I think people are too busy celebrating the short term, rather than the long term — and that’s [disconcerting]. I’ve never wanted to be in a band that had a few fantastic years and then went away. We’ve definitely had years that were better than others. It’s never been the kind of thing where we would break up as soon as we stopped drawing 1000 people at our shows. We’ve always done this to please ourselves, and not as some delusion of grandeur.”
He added, “I hear about bands dropping out of high school because someone told them they had to do that so they can tour full time and become rich. It’s scary. This stuff — hardcore, metal, punk — it has a short shelf life. So you’re going to throw your education away so someone else can make money off of you? It’s just wrong.
“No one is buying records anymore. So these newer bands need to know that there won’t be another METALLICA. Those level bands are just not going to pop up anymore. You have to play this kind of music because you love it. Playing hardcore and metal is not a career move.”