Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
If this is truly a year where bands that got huge in the 90’s are making big comebacks (Green Day, Metallica), then Korn is the latest example of such a sentiment. They’ve always been a surefire bet in terms of album sales, but the more recent ones weren’t so well received. But people seemed to be pretty pumped about this new one, and considering it’s the band’s best debut in six years, I’ll buy into the idea something has definitely clicked for bands this year. There are three other metal albums in the top 10 as well and a few re-entries further down below.
Korn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
Korn nab their best debut since Korn III, outdoing their two previous albums in both sales and chart positions.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a TSO album on the charts.
The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
The band’s third album’s debut falls a bit short of its predecessor, but this is still a debut in the top 10.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
The band’s first album lands in the top 10. Unlike their EP, this does not appear to have a Taylor Swift cover on it.
Amaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
The band’s fourth album is their best debut yet.
Wovenwar, Honor is Dead (Metal Blade)
The band’s sophomore album doesn’t debut as high as its predecessor.
Pantera, The Great Southern Trendkill (Rhino)
This is technically not a “new” release, but the 20th Anniversary edition pushed this closer to officially being a million-seller (it’s at 968,000 and is likely already certified platinum).
The Last Ten Seconds of Life, The Violent Sound (Siege)
I Declare War, Songs for the Sick (Self-Released)
The band’s sixth album was self-released and fully funded by the band members themselves.
Riverside, Eye of the Soundscape (Inside Out)
This is the band’s seventh album made up of older experimental pieces and their first without guitarist and founding member Piotr Grudzinski.
Darke Complex, Point Oblivion (Spinefarm)
Nu-metal revivalists? That’s what these guys are apparently.
Khemmis, Hunted (20 Buck Spin)
The band’s second album comes a little over a year after their debut.
Thrown Into Exile, Safe Inside (Urban Yeti)
This is the band’s debut album.
Poured Out, To the Point of Death (Facedown)
This is the debut album from this Christian metalcore band.
Destrage, A Means to No End (Metal Blade)
We put up a review of this album.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dissociation (Party Smasher Inc.)
#107 (from 8)
An 82% second week drop.
Meshuggah, The Violent Sleep of Reason (Nuclear Blast)
#112 (from 51)
A 42% drop for no good reason.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#119 (from 116)
60 weeks on with over 400,000 sold.
Dance Gavin Dance, Mothership (Rise)
#126 (from 74)
We can’t dance around a 30% drop.
Megadeth, Dystopia (UMe)
This re-enters the charts once again after a 95% boost.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
This also re-enters the charts after a 27% boost.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
Oh hey, another re-entry, this time for Mr. Zombie.
Gemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
A huge boost puts this over 10,000 sold.
Darkthrone, Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
A 55% drop.
Infant Annihilator, The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch (Self-Released)
This gets boosted back onto the charts.
Epica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
Turned down to 11%.
Sonata Arctica, The Ninth Hour (Nuclear Blast)
A 22% drop.
Kyng, Breathe In The Water (Razor & Tie)
A 25% drop of water.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
A boost back up by 73%.
Alcest, Kodama (Prophecy)
A 23% drop. Might get some touring sales next year though.
Oathbreaker, Rheia (Deathwish)
A 22% drop.
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Broken Lines (Cooking Vinyl)
This stuck its neck out for a 24% drop.
Letters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
Is a 16% drop worth it?
Neurosis, Fires Within Fires (Neurot)
Yo dawg, we heard you like fires. So Neurosis put fires in your fires so it can burn while it burns.