Iowa metal/hard rock veterans SLIPNOT have earned their third consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 charts with new album We Are Not Your Kind. The new album tallied 118,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release in the United States. Billboard says that 102,000 of those were in album sales.
We Are Not Your Kind is the first hard rock album to top the chart since Foo Fighters’ 2017 release, Concrete and Gold, which sold 127,000 units in its debut week.
It should be noted that sales of the new Slipknot album were bolstered by a concert ticket/album offer for the band’s current tour.
Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music, and energetic and chaotic live shows. The band rapidly rose to success following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1999. The 2001 follow-up album, Iowa, although darker in tone, made the band more popular. After a brief hiatus, Slipknot returned in 2004 with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), before going on another hiatus and returning in 2008 with its fourth album, All Hope Is Gone, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. After another long hiatus, Slipknot released its fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, in 2014. The band has released two live albums titled 9.0: Live and Day of the Gusano: Live in Mexico, a compilation album titled Antennas to Hell, and five live DVDs.