Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
This week’s list of debuts isn’t as much of a heavy hitter as last week, but what do you expect when a Big Four album comes out? We’ll get another big one next week, but for now we have a list of mostly up-and-comers. Some you’ll want to take the time to check out. Others…well, rap metal isn’t for everyone. Speaking of the Big Four, the Black Album sold another 5,900 this week.
Hope for the Dying, Legacy (Facedown) 620 sold
The band’s third album makes its debut.
Inverloch, Distance | Collapsed (Relapse) 450 sold
This is the death/doom band’s debut album.
Oceans of Slumber, Winter (Century Media) 420 sold
The prog act releases their sophomore effort.
Church of Misery, …And Then There Were None (Rise Above) 420 sold
The band’s sixth release features an all new lineup.
Hacktivist, Outside the Box (Rise) 310 sold
This is the debut album from this British rap metal band.
Wolvserpent, Aporia:Kala:Ananta (Relapse) 270 sold
This is the band’s first EP.
Anthrax, For All Kings (Megaforce) #26, 8,325 sold
A second week drop 75% doesn’t take this down far.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #34, 7,125 sold
A tiny boost of 3% brings this closer to the 300,000 mark.
Megadeth, Dystopia (UMe) #70, 4,075 sold
A 15% drop with over 90,000 sold, which makes it the 26th best-selling album of 2016 so far, and the biggest-selling rock album of the year, not counting David Bowie (or Coldplay. Or 1975).
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #77, 3,750 sold
A 7% drop with just under 320,000 sold.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #104, 2,750 sold
At week 25 this is over 180,000 sold.
Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #124, 2,350 sold
A 19% boost keeps this raging.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #153, 1,850 sold
A 16% drop with over 325,000 sold.
From Ashes To New, Day One (Better Noise) #155, 1,850 sold
This drop by 81% in week two.
After The Burial, Dig Deep (Sumerian) #111, 1,750 sold
This digs down by 27%.
Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call Rock (Sony) #180, 1,550 sold
An 18% drop doesn’t rock.
Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #192, 1,425 sold
A 34% drop. Also, they’ve got a new video.
Maiden are trying to get back up in the air ASAP.
Last In Line, Heavy Crown (Frontiers) 740 sold
A 46% drop is heavy.
Holy Grail, Times of Pride & Peril (Prothetic) 440 sold
This gets a boost of 46%.
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 400 sold
A 21% boost gives this some zeal.
The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick) 390 sold
A tiny boost of 2%.
Voivod, Post Society (Century Media) 370 sold
A 66% drop in week two.
Abbath, Abbath (Season of Mist) 310 sold
As predicted, this nabs an 18% boost.
Fleshgod Apocalypse, King (Nuclear Blast) 340 sold
An 18% is not royal.
Avantasia, Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast) 300 sold
A 15% drop is spooky.
Delain, Lunar Prelude (Napalm) 300 sold
Redemption, The Art of Loss (Metal Blade) 300 sold
A 74% second week drop.
Deströyer 666, Wildfire (Season of Mist) 290 sold
A 49% drop in week two.
Prong, X – No Absolutes (SPV/Steamhammer) 270 sold
A 22% drop is a big no.
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless) 250 sold
A 25% drop gives you the blues.
Obscura, Akróasis (Relapse) 240 sold
This dropped by 36%.
Entombed A.D., Dead Dawn (Century Media) 330 sold
A second week drop of 65%.