"White Devil Armory", the new album from New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL, sold around 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous CD, "The Electric Age", opened with 6,500 units back in April 2012 to land at No. 77.
OVERKILL 2010 effort, "Ironbound", registered a first-week tally of 4,100 to enter the chart at No. 192.
"White Devil Armory" first-week chart positions:
"White Devil Armory" was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music and on July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age".
The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity.
OVERKILL recently filmed videos for the songs "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips.
"White Devil Armory" track listing:
01. Freedom Rings
02. Where There's Smoke...
05. Down To The Bone
06. Bitter Pill
07. King Of The Rat Bastards
08. Another Day To Die
09. It's All Yours
10. In The Name
Speaking about what OVERKILL was trying to accomplish with "White Devil Armory", vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth told Artisan News: "My personal motivation, and I can probably speak for my partner D.D. [Verni, bass], is that you don't want repetition. Obviously, we are what we are — a thrash metal band — [and] we fall into, let's say, a subgenre of this metal community, but the idea is that you wanna stay interested with it, you want to try, to some degree, to reinvent yourself. And I think the thing I'm most proud of when it comes to a record like Number 17, being 'White Devil Armory', is that that's the push for it. No repetition. Let's get in there and let's define that line between repetition and what style is. I write all these notes in my office where I have my little studio — 'Don't repeat yourself,' 'Don't use this,' 'Don't use that' — and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014."