Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
It’s not every day you find a metal band dedicated to playing select pieces from John Williams’ legendary score with Darth Vader on guitar. But that’s what Galactic Empire is, and the fact that they’re our top debut of the week pleases me as both a metalhead and Star Wars fan. Other notable debuts include some band from Birmingham, England, Black Star Riders, and Iron Reagan among others.
Black Sabbath, The Ultimate Collection (Rhino)
Apparently just under 2,500 people needed yet another Black Sabbath compilation.
Black Star Riders, Heavy Fire (Nuclear Blast)
The band’s third album charts higher, sells lower than its predecessor.
Iron Reagan, Crossover Ministry (Relapse)
The crossover thrash act lands its best debut yet with album three. The band’s probably psyched, but the neighbors are not.
Big Wreck, Grace Street (Rounder)
This is the band’s fifth album. It’s number 5 in Canada.
Final Drive, Dig Deeper (Self-Released)
The latest album from the Southern groove metal band. Did our video premiere help things? We wanna think so!
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#73 (from 72)
Just under 550,000 sold.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#89 (from 85)
A slight boost of 5%.
AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
#109 (from 58)
A bloody drop of 40%.
Just under 165,000 sold.
Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#96 (from 114)
Just under 40,000 sold.
#150 (from 33)
A drop of 28%.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#193 (from 187)
This sells roughly the same as last week.
Betraying the Martyrs, The Resilient (Sumerian)
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
A boost of 13%.
Xandria, Theater of Dimensions (Napalm)
A 73% drop in week two.
Letters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
A 21% drop burns.
As Lions, Selfish Age (Better Noise)
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
This also pops up again to breathe.