Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Alter Bridge, The Last Hero (Self-released)
Alter Bridge’s fifth album is its highest charting yet, landing in the top five.
Dance Gavin Dance, Mothership (Rise)
The band released their seventh album last year, yielding the best debut of their career. Their eighth album has now taken that title with a top 10 debut.
Meshuggah, The Violent Sleep of Reason (Nuclear Blast)
After being in the biz for over 25 years, Meshuggah have finally landed a top 10 album. This sold roughly the same as their last one, but staying consistent amidst declining sales is a big win for them.
The Devil Wears Prada, Transit Blues (Rise)
Interestingly, the band’s latest album didn’t debut as high as last year’s EP. Also, I promise you the album cover is posted to the left, you just have to look closely.
Fit for a King, Deathgrip (Solid State)
The band’s third album is their best debut yet.
Sonata Arctica, The Ninth Hour (Nuclear Blast)
Album nine is the band’s best debut yet in the US.
Dayshell, Nexus (Spinefarm)
The band’s sophomore album debuts slightly higher than its predecessor, but doesn’t sell as much.
Kyng, Breathe In The Water (Razor & Tie)
Kyng’s third album didn’t have as good of a debut as its predecessor.
Candiria, While They Were Sleeping (Metal Blade)
The band’s newest album is their first in seven years.
Gatecreeper, Sonoran Depravation (Relapse)
This is the band’s debut album.
Everyone Dies In Utah, Everyone Dies In Utah (InVogue)
The band’s self-titled fourth album is their first on InVogue.
Watchtower, Concepts of Math: Book One (Prosthetic)
This prog metal act has released a new EP in favor of an unfinished followup to their last LP from 1989.
Traitors, Mental State (Self-Released)
The latest album from the Florida deathcore group.
Darkthrone, Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
This is the band’s sixteenth studio album.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#126 (from 121)
This sold the same as last week, which brought it over 400,000 sold.
Led Zeppelin, Complete BBC Sessions (Rhino)
#144 (from 116)
A Misty Mountain drop of 24%.
Suicidal Tendencies, World Gone Mad (Suicidal)
#156 (from 57)
A maddening 63% drop still isn’t that terrible for a second week.
Coheed and Cambria, The Color Before The Sun (300 Entertainment)
Another 99 cent album on Google Play sends this back up the charts.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
A 51% boost brings this back onto the charts.
Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista)
#184 (from 188)
Over 100,000 sold after a 3% boost.
Sully Erna, Hometown Life (BMG)
#191 (from 38)
A second week drop of 81%.
Epica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
This drops by 82% in week two.
Neurosis, Fires Within Fires (Neurot)
A 43% drop isn’t so hot.
Oathbreaker, Rheia (Deathwish)
A 64% drop in week two.
Alcest, Kodama (Prophecy)
A second week drop of 73%.
Sleep, Sleep’s Holy Mountain (Earache)
I honestly don’t know why this is on here all the sudden. I tried looking up if there was a new reissue out or something but no dice. Please feel free to share if you know why this turned up again.
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Broken Lines (Cooking Vinyl)
Broken by a 53% drop.
Hail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
A boost of 12%. Praise the sun!
Crobot, Welcome to Fat City (Wind-Up)
A 13% drop is neither fat nor phat.
Allegaeon, Proponent for Sentience (Metal Blade)
A 42% drop.
Gemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
A 12% drop. In a few weeks it could hit the 10,000 mark.
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
Twelve Foot Ninja, Outlier (Volkanik)
A nice 52% boost.
Knocked Loose, Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)
A 17% drop loosens a few things.
Trap Them, Crown Feral (Prosthetic)
A boost of 27%.
Asphyx, Incoming Death (Century Media)
A 66% drop incoming.
Letters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
A 57% boost back up.
King 810, La Petit Mort or A Conversation with God (Roadrunner)
An 18% drop.