The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending August 24, 2008, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all CD figures are rounded to the nearest hundred [except numbers over 20,000, which are rounded to the nearest thousand]; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

STAIND - "The Illusion of Progress": 92,000 (#3)
BLACK STONE CHERRY - "Folklore and Superstition": 13,600 (#28)
THE ACACIA STRAIN - "Continent": 5,600 (#107)
THE HUMAN ABSTRACT - "Midheaven": 4,100 (#163)
THE SHOWDOWN - "Back Breaker": 3,200
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH - "When Skies Wash Ashore": 1,700

Note: Internet sales *are* included in the SoundScan totals.


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