Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Before August this year, fans kept out a casual eye for news of the next Metallica album. It’s been eight years and for a while all we had to go off of was a song called “Lords of Summer.” Then the band dropped the news that Hardwired…to Self-Destruct was on its way along with a single that invigorated long-time fans and surprised skeptics. Of course, a new Metallica album was going to be an event even if it turned out to be a Coldplay covers album. But Metallica managed to stoke the flames of hype, and now their newest album is being hailed as a return to form and is number one on the Billboard 200. Their first five albums are also on the Billboard, including another 6,000 units sold for The Black Album. So, whatever you might wanna say about 2016, it’s been a good year for Metallica.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
Metallica return with a vengeance, ranking as the best rock debut in two and a half years and the third best debut of the year.
Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
The band’s sophomore album has an excellent debut following their first album’s quiet but steady flow of sales.
Sixx:A.M., Prayers for the Blessed Vol. 2 (Eleven Seven)
This has a slightly lower debut than Vol. 1, which came out back in April.
Lamb of God, The Duke EP (Epic)
Lamb of God’s first EP lands in the top 40.
Disturbed, Live at Red Rocks (Reprise)
This is Disturbed’s first live album. Don’t worry, Immortalized is still on here too.
Protest the Hero, Pacific Myth (Razor & Tie)
After testing out a Bandcamp subscription model, Protest the Hero has collected all six songs for a new EP release.
Ion Dissonance, Cast the First Stone (Good Fight)
Ion Dissonance’s fifth album is their first album in five years.
Devilment, II – The Mephisto Waltzes (Nuclear Blast)
The band’s second album sold a little less than its predecessor.
Diabulus in Musica, Dirge for the Archons (Napalm)
This is the band’s fourth album. Diabolus In Musica is Slayer’s eighth studio album. Coincidence? Absolutely!
Freedom Call, Master of Light (SPV/Steamhammer)
The band’s ninth album makes its debut.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
#37 (from 26)
A small 2% boost. For a fascinating look at how touring works for the two versions of TSO, check this out.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#143 (from 127)
A 13% boost. Looks like we’ll be getting another album from these guys soon.
Testament, Brotherhood of the Snake (Nuclear Blast)
#149 (from 125)
A slight 5% boost.
The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
#152 (from 133)
Selling well after a 10% boost.
In Flames, Battles (Eleven Seven)
#156 (from 23)
This drops by 75% in week two. Also, they’re gonna need a new bassist soon.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#161 (from 118)
A slight drop by 9%.
Animals as Leaders, The Madness of Many (Sumerian)
#197 (from 20)
A second week drop of 83%.
Dark Tranquillity, Atoma (Century Media)
A 51% drop.
Dee Snider, We Are the Ones (Twisted Sister Records)
After dropping off last week, this got boosted back up by some people that decided they weren’t going to take it – they were going to buy it instead.
Epica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
A 46% drop after last week’s giant boost.
Amaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
A 17% drop.
Serpentine Dominion, Serpentine Dominion (Metal Blade)
A 14% drop slips by like a snake.
Glenn Hughes, Resonate (Frontiers)
A 35% drop doesn’t resonate so well.
Starkill, Shadow Sleep (Prosthetic)
A 34% drop into shadow.
Hammerfall, Built to Last (Napalm)
A 44% fall.
Sirenia, Dim Days of Dolor (Napalm)
A 71% second week drop.
Vader, The Empire (Nuclear Blast)
A 31% drop. Maybe people looking for Star Wars tickets will stumble on this one?
Darkthrone, Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
Another 8% drop.
Nails, You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)
Sales surge after fans learn the band isn’t dead.
Gemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
This has popped back up again as well.