Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Now that’s more like it! The first good helping of metal debuts for 2015 is spearheaded by some great up-and-comers with one or two oddities thrown in (thanks, Melvins). Meanwhile, a certain album by a certain Mr. Manson (hint: not the newly-married one) has the potential for a big debut, but we’ll leave that for next week.
Sylosis, Dormant Heart (Nuclear Blast) #155, 1,725 sold
After making waves with 2012’s Monolith, Sylosis continue to push forward with album number four, which has earned them their highest debut yet.
The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Soulless Hymns (Workhorse/Density) 1,025 sold
The third album from these PA natives makes its debut. This will likely rack up more numbers thanks to the tour with Veil of Maya.
Panzer, Send Them All to Hell (Nuclear Blast) 420 sold
This German supergroup (also called “The German Panzer”) features current and former members of Destruction and Accept.
Battle Beast, Unholy Savior (Nuclear Blast) 240 sold
This is the third release from this Finnish power metal act.
Melvins, Eggnog/Lice-All (Boner) 220 sold
Here we have one of two vinyl reissues as a double LP featuring an early EP and LP from Melvins.
Melvins, Ozma/Bullhead (Boner) 200 sold
And here’s the second one. Good luck getting your hands on them though.
AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #26, 10,500 sold
A 10% drop doesn’t knock this off its rocker.
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #42, 5,575 sold
A drop of 19%.
Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #73, 3,550 sold
In case you missed it, Slipknot will be coming around again with Hatebreed.
I Prevail, Heart Vs. Mind (Self-Released) #102, 2,800 sold
This dropped by 52% after last week’s massive sales, but it’s still impressive for an EP that doesn’t even have the Taylor Swift cover on it (which itself dropped by 50% this week on the singles chart).
In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #125, 2,425 sold
Just under 80,000 sold. Also, it sold more copies this week than the Coldplay album did, so there, Chris Martin!
Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #135, 2,125 sold
A slight boost of 7% puts this about 35,000 copies away from being another gold record.
The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #153, 1,775 sold
A lucky boost of 13%.
Linkin Park, The Hunting Party (Warner Bros.) #160, 1,700 sold
This sold the same amount as last week, which isn’t going to help Chester Bennington’s ankle heal any faster.
Godsmack, 1000hp (Universal Republic) #165, 1,675 sold
Just under 175,000 sold.
Seether, Isolate & Medicate (The Bicycle Music Company) #170, 1,650 sold
Fun fact: the last time we posted a story that mentioned Seether that wasn’t MBN related was in July 2014. So take that how you will.
Various Artists, Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 (Fearless) #173, 1,625 sold
Fun fact: the last time we enjoyed listening to this was never ago.
Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #197, 1,435 sold
This dropped off briefly last week.
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, World On Fire (Dik Hayd) #198, 1,425 sold
Over 80,000 sold.
Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 480 sold
This continues to nab some numbers.
Thank You Scientist, Maps of Non-Existent Places (Evil Ink) 350 sold
Looks like the band’s opening slot with Periphery is doing some good.
Antemasque, Antemasque (Nadie Sound) 330 sold
This gets a big boost of 46%.
Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 270 sold
Their live album may have tapered off, but their studio album is still hanging in there.
Fugazi, First Demo (Dischord) 190 sold
A boost of 38%.
Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 290 sold
This pops back up after a 70% boost.
Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie (Earache) 260 sold
A drop of 19%.
Rings of Saturn, Lugan Ki En (Unique Leader) 210 sold
A drop of 22%.