The “Souls For Belial” single from Swedish black metallers MARDUK was certified gold in Sweden by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 10,000 copies.
“Souls For Belial” was exclusively distributed in Sweden via the April 2012 issue of Sweden Rock Magazine and each copy of the magazine containing the CD was counted towards the certification; the single itself was **not** sold separately.
“Souls For Belial” will be released as limited-edition vinyl single in early 2013.
MARDUK‘s twelfth album, “Serpent Sermon”, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
MARDUK‘s previous CD, “Wormwood”, opened with around 650 units to enter the Heatseekers chart at No. 99.
“Serpent Sermon” was made available as standard CD, vinyl and limited-edition media book with an exclusive bonus track entitled “Coram Satanae”.