Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
It’s the morning after Election Day in the United States and, well, things happened. Relax, I’m not going to go on a big political rant here; you get enough of that from social media as is. I do want to say that if you’re like me and you feel worn out by this long, wearisome debacle, I hope you can find an escape via music. Get off Facebook, go listen to a comfort album, blast something loud and obscene, get in your car or go for a walk and give yourself a contemplative movie scene soundtrack. But before you do any of that, take a gander at the numbers this week with two metal albums in the top 10.
Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
Avenged Sevenfold’s seventh album sold less than half what Hail to the King debuted with, though that’s probably because the album was a surprise release.
Testament, Brotherhood of the Snake (Nuclear Blast)
Testament’s latest didn’t sell quite as much in its first week as its predecessor, but it charted in the top 10!
Dope, Blood Money Part 1 (eOne)
Dope’s first album is seven years is also their highest charting. Who knew?
Memphis May Fire, This Light I Hold (Rise)
The band’s fifth album has a solid debut though it falls short of the top five debut in 2014.
Upon a Burning Body, Straight from the Barrio (Sumerian)
This sold roughly half of what its predecessor debuted with.
Crowbar, The Serpent Only Lies (eOne)
Crowbar latest debuts just under its predecessor, which is still their best first week of sales ever.
Dee Snider, We Are the Ones (Twisted Sister Records)
This is only Dee Snider’s third solo album.
Serpentine Dominion, Serpentine Dominion (Metal Blade)
The debut of the Killswitch, Black Dahlia, Cannibal Corpse supergroup has a solid first week.
Theocracy, Ghost Ship (Ulterium)
This is the fourth album from this Christian power prog band.
Ulcerate, Shrines of Paralysis (Relapse)
Ulcerate’s fifth album sold a bit more in its first week than its predecessor.
Car Bomb, Meta (Solid Grey)
This is the band’s third album, which they released independently.
Anaal Nathrakh, The Whole of the Law (Metal Blade)
This is the ninth album from the duo Anaal Nathrakh.
Whores, Gold (eOne)
This is the debut album for this Atlanta noise band.
The Answer, Solas (Napalm)
This band’s sixth album debuted a little under its predecessor released last year.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
#38 (from 6)
A 74% drop, but it doesn’t go down far. And the holiday music season has begun.
The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
#60 (from 8)
This drops by 80% in week two.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#86 (from 9)
This takes a 85% drop in week two.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#129 (from 119)
This sold about the same as last week.
Megadeth, Dystopia (UMe)
#157 (from 171)
This gets another boost by 16%.
Meshuggah, The Violent Sleep of Reason (Nuclear Blast)
#169 (from 112)
Can’t sleep on a 31% drop.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#182 (from 190)
A slight boost of 2%.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#183 (from 174)
Over 250,000 sold.
Amaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
A 79% drop off the top current album charts.
Gemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
A 33% drop.
Riverside, Eye of the Soundscape (Inside Out)
A 34% drop in week two.
Intronaut, The Direction of Last Things (Century Media)
It’s been a nearly a year this this came out, and now it’s back after the band’s tour with Gorguts.
Darkthrone, Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
A 54% drop.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
Another boost, this time by 12%.
Epica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
A 35% drop feels holo.
Knocked Loose, Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)
This gets a 55% boost back up.
Bad Omens, Bad Omens (Sumerian)
The band’s debut album lands on the charts.
Sylar, Help! (Hopeless)
A 14% boost.