Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Well, kind of. There’s certainly a lot of debuts listed here list week, though the most anticipated one for the metal scene is likely Firewind’s latest album. Starset, however, is a focus here, considering how the band seems to have launched itself into the scene since they debuted three years ago. And they might have taken the top spot if not for John Mayer and AFI.
AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
It’s a bit of a stretch, but it is a rock debut. The band’s tenth album manages to outdo their previous release.
As Lions, Selfish Age (Better Noise)
A drop of 14%, but you wouldn’t know it. It’s still the tenth biggest- selling album of 2017 so far.
A 38% drop hales down.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#67 (from 111)
A huge boost of 40% ahead of the band’s headlining tour.
Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#79 (from 68)
Just under 155,000 sold.
A slight 8% drop.
Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#137 (from 129)
A wolfing down a 3% drop.
Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG)
Looks like people are getting hyped about the band’s second US leg. And I don’t blame them; Up the Irons!
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#172 (from 160)
A 10% drop down.
Thousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
Another small boost of 6%.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#184 (from 181)
A 3% increase won’t seal the deal, but they keep boogieing on.
Letters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
The letter of the day is “D”, as in “drop of 5%.”
Pain of Salvation, In the Passing Light of Day (InsideOut Music)
A 74% second week drop.
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
Grave Digger, Healed by Metal (Napalm)
A drop of 58% in week two.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
This dropped off last week, but it got boosted back up.
Dirkschneider, Live – Back to the Roots (AFM)
A drop of 21%.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
This sells the same as last week.
Amaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
This may finally drop off after a 33% drop.