PAPA ROACH's "The Paramour Sessions" sold nearly 37,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release — a drop from the 52,000 first-week performance of 2004's "Getting Away with Murder" — to debut at position No. 16 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "Shot to Hell" premiered with just under 32,000 — less than the 45,000 copies shifted by BLS's "Mafia" back in March 2005 — to land at No. 21. Elsewhere, MASTODON's "Blood Mountain" came in with just over 24,000 units — significantly more than the 8,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2004's "Leviathan" — which put it at No. 32.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending September 17, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all CD figures are rounded to the nearest thousand; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

PAPA ROACH - "The Paramour Sessions": 37,000 (#16)
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - "Shot to Hell": 32,000 (#21)
MASTODON - "Blood Mountain": 24,000 (#32)
NORMA JEAN – "Redeemer": 21,000 (#38)
HATESPHERE - "The Sickness Within": less than 100
MELIAH RAGE - "The Deep And Dreamless Sleep": less than 100
MANTICORA - "The Black Circus (Part One)": less than 50


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