Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
While the metal world (and the music world in general) is recovering from the celebration of Metallica’s new album, Metal By Numbers is here to report on album sales in the meantime before Hardwired…to Self-Destruct‘s behemoth numbers drop next week. This is the time of year when album debuts begin to lessen as we prepare to move into the Christmas season and the new year. Soon we’ll be posting about our favorite releases of 2016, and it looks like there’s going to be a lot to pick from. You know, despite many of the not so great things to happen in 2016 (both inside and outside of music), we can at least sit over here on our little corner of the internet and be thankful that metal, which has always helped us get through tough times, is as strong as ever. Enjoy the charts and Happy Thanksgiving, folks.
Animals as Leaders, The Madness of Many (Sumerian)
Animals as Leaders’ fourth album didn’t sell as much as The Joy of Motion, but it charted higher.
In Flames, Battles (Eleven Seven)
The band’s twelfth album is their highest charting album yet, though it didn’t sell as much as Siren Charms.
Superjoint, Caught Up in the Gears of Application (Housecore)
After thirteen years, Phil Anselmo’s Superjoint Ritual (now known as just Superjoint) has returned with a new album.
Sirenia, Dim Days of Dolor (Napalm)
The Norwegian band’s eighth album comes only year and a half after their previous album.
Rammstein, XXI – Klavier (Rammstein GbR)
I spent way too much time trying to figure out what the shit this is since I heard nothing about a Rammstein release. Apparently it’s a compilation of piano instrumental versions of Rammestein songs originally released with a book of sheet music or something. So, uh, enjoy?
Enslaved, The Sleeping Gods – Thorn (ByNorse)
Enslaved’s new EP is a combination of material from 2011.
Okilly Dokilly, Howdilly Doodilly (Self-Released)
I never thought I’d be writing about a Ned Flanders-themed metal band, but I can’t say it’s the strangest thing I’ve written about either.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
#26 (from 24)
A boost of 15% as the Christmas music season begins to rev up.
Dope, Blood Money Part 1 (eOne)
#99 (from 39)
A bloody 48% drop.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#118 (from 109)
A slight drop of 2%.
Testament, Brotherhood of the Snake (Nuclear Blast)
#125 (from 61)
Snaking down the charts with a 46% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#17 (from 129)
Another tiny 1% boost.
The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
#133 (from 85)
A 27% drop. Also, we have photos from their Detroit show.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#174 (from 191)
A boost of 10%.
Dark Tranquillity, Atoma (Century Media)
This drop by 62% in week two.
Epica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
A big boost of 80% thanks to their US headlining tour.
Hammerfall, Built to Last (Napalm)
A drop of 68% in week two.
Glenn Hughes, Resonate (Frontiers)
A second week 77% drop.
Starkill, Shadow Sleep (Prosthetic)
A 38% drop is actually pretty good for a second week.
Amaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
A 22% drop to the max.
Vader, The Empire (Nuclear Blast)
A 71% drop can’t be good for the Empire.
Serpentine Dominion, Serpentine Dominion (Metal Blade)
A 32% drop.
Invent, Animate, Stillworld (Tragic Hero)
This has popped up on the charts again.
Theocracy, Ghost Ship (Ulterium)
A 29% drop is spooky.
Darkthrone, Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
An 8% drop is just cold.
Alcest, Kodama (Prophecy)
This also pops up again after a 15% boost.