Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
It was heartening to see Kreator reach a high spot on the charts a few weeks back. Many metalheads will agree that while the Big Thrash Four are of high status for a reason, there are loads of other thrash bands from the 80’s who are very deserving of attention, especially considering how many of them are still putting out solid material. Enter Overkill, who have been on a hot streak since Ironbound back in 2010. In addition to being critically well-received, each record has debuted higher than the last. Their eighteenth and latest, The Grinding Wheel, debuted just shy of the top 25, a feat worthy of praise for any metal band, but even more so for an act as legendary as Overkill. The only reason they’re not the top selling metal band this week is because Metallica has an album out.
Mutiny Within, Origins (Buddy Walker)
This is the third album from New Jersey’s Mutiny Within, their first in four years.
This gets a big 82% boost following the band’s performance on the Grammys.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#78 (from 73)
A small boost of 5%.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#89 (from 89)
This holds the same chart position as last week, but it also got a 7% boost.
A nice 24% boost during the band’s North American tour.
Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#132 (from 96)
A slight drop of 4%.
AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
#145 (from 109)
A drop of 18%.
Black Sabbath, The Ultimate Collection (Rhino)
#169 (from 86)
A 41% drop in week two.
A teeny tiny drop of 1%.
#196 (from 150)
Black Star Riders, Heavy Fire (Nuclear Blast)
A 65% drop in week two.
Iron Reagan, Crossover Ministry (Relapse)
A 78% drop in week two.
Letters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
A big 43% boost.
Amaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
A huge 84% boost brings this way back up after slowly dropping for the past few weeks.
Big Wreck, Grace Street (Rounder)
A second week 83% drop.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
After boosting by 13% last week, this dropped 13% this week.
Xandria, Theater of Dimensions (Napalm)
A 31% drop doesn’t make good theater.