Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Well, shit. I tried not to be a downer last week in the first MBN of the year despite it only being a week after Lemmy’s death. But now we’ve got another legend that has shuffled off this mortal coil and there’s no new records to talk about, so I can’t really help it. There’s not much I can say that hasn’t been said already by millions of others around the world. So instead, I’ll just say spin some music, any music, and continue into 2016 hoping it gets better from here.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #53, 5,200 sold
At week 20, this is just under 240,000 sold.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #59, 4,650 sold
A 38% post-holiday sales drop.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #79, 3,325 sold
A 32% drop with over 156,000 sold.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Letters From The Labyrinth (Republic) #82, 3,125 sold
This drops by 63% with just under 140,000 sold, y’know, because the holidays are over. But considering they had one of the best-selling albums of last year for a record that only came out in November, don’t feel too bad for them.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #87, 2,875 sold
This is in the same chart position as last week.
Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner) #90, 2,850 sold
A 53% drop with over 380,000 sold.
Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #93, 2,800 sold
A 54% drop with over 120,000 sold.
Baroness, Purple (Abraxan Hyms) #116, 2,200 sold
A 45% drop brings this to about 24,000 sold in three weeks.
Motörhead, Bad Magic (UDR) #130, 2,025 sold
This continues to sell in its second week of resurgence, and the label just sent out the band’s cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” to radio. Also, that Bowie/Lemmy picture that was floating around the internet earlier this week? Fake.
This ran to the hills with a 35% drop.
Coheed and Cambria, The Color Before The Sun (300 Entertainment) #170, 1,500 sold
A boost of 18% brings this back up on the charts.
Def Leppard, Def Leppard (Mailboat) #177, 1,425 sold
At week 10, this is just under 70,000 sold. No f-f-f-f-foolin’.
Rush, R40 Live (Rounder)#178, 1,425 sold
A 41% drop.
Slayer, Repentless (Nuclear Blast) #191, 1,275 sold
A 38% drop. Too bad it’s not Christmas still or I’d make a “slay ride” joke.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless) 520 sold
A 38% drop on ice.
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless) 410 sold
A 32% drop would make you blue, too.
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 340 sold
A 25% boost on the rise.
Intronaut, The Direction of Last Things (Century Media) 270 sold
In case you missed it, Intronaut is heading out on tour in March.
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, The Night Creeper (Rise Above) 250 sold
Instead of dropping acid, this dropped 30%, but it’s still selling records, perhaps due to its appearance on year-end charts.
Nile, What Should Not Be Unearthed (Nuclear Blast) 220 sold
This got a small boost 6%.
Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 190 sold
The storm died down by 19%.
Get Scared, Demons (Fearless) 180 sold
A 53% drop is scary.
Metal Allegiance, Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast) 180 sold
Not much change from last week.
Vision of Disorder, Razed To The Ground (Candlelight) 170 sold
This dropped off last week, but got boosted back up by 35%.
All Them Witches, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (New West) 150 sold
A tiny 4% boost.
Saxon, Battering Ram (UDR) 150 sold
This is back up on the charts, but barely.