Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Few bands are renowned for the live albums like Iron Maiden. If you’ve ever seen then live, then you understand why. Their studio albums are the best of the best, no question, but you can feel that electric charge just by hearing the live recordings. With the release of The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter, Maiden boast twelve live albums, spanning many eras and albums. The first Maiden album I ever bought, studio or otherwise, was actually 2005’s Death on the Road during the tour for Dance of Death. Best money I ever spent. Note that these are only the partial charts this week.
Iron Maiden, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (BMG)
Maiden’s twelfth live album sold more than double what En Vivo! debuted with back in 2012.
Electric Wizard, Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm)
The band’s ninth album gets a good debut, though not as high as 2014’s Time to Die.
Cavalera Conspiracy, Psychosis (Napalm Records)
Album number four sells better than its 2014 predecessor.
Phinehas, Dark Flag (Artery)
The band’s fourth album debuted just a hair lower than their previous album.
Galactic Cowboys, Long Way Back to the Moon (Music Theories)
This is the band’s first new album in 17 years.
Tarja, From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas) (earMUSIC)
If you’re a Nightwish fan and you need a Christmas album, this one’s for you.
In Flames, Down, Wicked, & No Good EP (Eleven Seven)
This EP features covers of Alice and Chains and Nine Inch Nails among others.
Backtrack, Bad To My World (Bridge 9)
This is the band’s third studio album.
Godflesh, Post Self (Shellshock)
This is the band’s eighth album and their second since reuniting.
Polkadot Cadaver, Get Possessed (Razor To Wrist)
This is the fourth album from the Dog Fashion Disco-related band.
Kissing Candice, Safe Word (Stay Sick)
This is a new EP from the masked band.
The Body & Full Of Hell, Ascending A Mountain Of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey)
This is the band’s second album with Full of Hell following last year’s One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache.
Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
Only a 28% drop in this EP’s second week.
Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
A 73% second week drop.
Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
A 19% boost.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
This got boosted back up the charts.
Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
A 60% boost.
Theory of a Deadman, Wake Up Call (Atlantic)
A 22% drop.
Hollywood Undead, Five (BMG)
A small 4% boost.
Nine Inch Nails, Not the Actual Events (The Null Corporation)
Yeah, there were two NIN EP’s released this year in case you forgot.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
A 10% boost. It’s like the album in inselfdestructible.
Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
Yet another album boosted back up.
Trivium, The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
A 30% drop.
Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
A 48% drop.
Entheos, Dark Future (Spinefarm)
A 48% second week drop.
Quicksand, Interiors (Epitaph)
An 85% second week drop.
Converge, The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Deathwish)
This dropped by half this week.
Sweet & Lynch, Unified (Frontiers)
A second week 85% drop.
400 soldThe son of Apollo was named Asclepius, God of Medicine, in case you were wondering.
Zao, Pyrrhic Victory (Observed/Observer)
After a big second week boost, this drops by 81%.
The Dark Element, The Dark Element (Frontiers)
The second of two Nightwish related albums on the charts today.
Jeff Scott Soto, Retribution (Frontiers)
A 62% drop.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Volume 1 (Reissue) (Rise Above)
Same as last week.