Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Here we begin to see the list of debuts shortening as the end of the year closes in. That said, they still aren’t lacking in substance (something especially evident looking at the list of recent releases). A handful of records that spent a few weeks on the charts have dropped off as well, but more are likely to come and fill any gaps left behind. Also, we’re starting to see Christmas music pop up on the charts. In the metal scene that means Trans-Siberian Orchestra is just around the corner…
Devil You Know, They Bleed Red (Nuclear Blast) #65, 4,725 sold
The band’s sophomore effort doesn’t out-chart their debut, but it’s still a solid first week.
Mestis, Polysemy (Sumerian) 1,075 sold
This is a side project of Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders.
Vanden Plas, Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path 2) (Frontiers) 460 sold
Part two of the band’s concept album follows up their release last year.
Crucible, The Trails (Self-Released) 370 sold
This is the debut EP from the band formed of members from We Came As Romans and Taproot.
Def Leppard, Def Leppard (Mailboat) #30, 8,775 sold
This has a good second week despite dropping 71%.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #50, 6,350 sold
Ten weeks on and this sold just under 225,000 copies.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #63, 4,950 sold
A 6% drop is easy to survive.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #83, 3,625 sold
A tiny 1% boost.
Puscifer, Money Shot (Puscifer Entertainment) #87, 3,500 sold
This got shot down by 77% in week two.
In week ten, this gains a big 53% boost with just under 130,000 sold.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) 3,000 sold
A tiny boost of 2%.
Coheed and Cambria, The Color Before The Sun (300 Entertainment) #102, 2,950 sold
A 31% drop with over 45,000 sold.
Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #108, 2,600 sold
A small 2% drop in spirit.
Slayer, Repentless (Nuclear Blast) #164, 1,725 sold
A slight 4% boost.
Escape The Fate, Hate Me (Eleven Seven) #169, 1,675 sold
Can’t escape a second week drop of 80%.
Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #180, 1,550 sold
This takes 33% drop. Sorry, Papa.
Clutch, Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker) #181, 1,550 sold
Who could have predicted a 14% drop?
Saxon, Battering Ram (UDR) 780 sold
Battered by a 61% drop in week two.
Myka, Relocate, The Young Souls (Razor & Tie) 570 sold
A second week drop of 71%.
The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick) 390 sold
A destructive drop of 49%.
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 380 sold
All Them Witches, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (New West) 350 sold
A 49% drop in week two. Son of a witch.
Metal Allegiance, Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast) 320 sold
Over 9,000 sold, which given the talent involved isn’t really all that much.
Windhand, Grief’s Eternal Flower (Relapse) 290 sold
A 17% drop? Good grief.
From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 280 sold
This gets boosted back up by 63%.
Twitching Tongues, Disharmony (Metal Blade) 280 sold
Twitching after a 72% drop.
Killing Joke, Pylon (Spinefarm) 270 sold
After a 49% drop, it looks like this needs to construct additional pylons. Maybe the great reviews will help it stick in there.
Graveyard, Innocence & Decadence (Nuclear Blast) 240 sold
A 24% drop is grave indeed.