Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
As you may have already heard, the monster debut for this week is Killswitch Engage, who continue the trend of keeping metal high up the charts in the early months of 2016. Good thing too, because 2016 has also been keeping up the trend of having musical icons dying left and right, so we need something keep spirits up. But let’s not dwell too much on these things. Maybe go argue about the line-up for Warped Tour instead to distract you from everyday life. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Black Album sold another 6,000.
Killswitch Engage, Incarnate (Roadrunner) #3, 33,175 sold
This marks Killswitch Engage’s highest chart position yet.
Affiance, Gaia (Self-Released) #149, 1,800 sold
The band’s crowd-funded EP nabbed a better debut than their last album.
Outline In Color, Struggle (Standby) 1,175 sold
The last time we included this band in MBN, Bram mentioned they didn’t have a Wikipedia page. And they still don’t. But hey, good first week I suppose.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #26, 7,775 sold
After 30 weeks, this has crossed the 300,000 mark.
Anthrax, For All Kings (Megaforce) #49, 4,800 sold
A 42% drop, but this is still hangs on in the top 50.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #54, 4,150 sold
A huge boost of 52%.
Megadeth, Dystopia (UMe) #57, 3,925 sold
This isn’t far from the 100,000 mark.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #67, 3,700 sold
A 1% drop isn’t much change from last week. Obviously.
Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #122, 2,250 sold
This has been back on the charts for 10 weeks with nearly 110,000 sold.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #143, 1,875 sold
A tiny 1% boost.
After The Burial, Dig Deep (Sumerian) #180, 1,475 sold
This goes deeper after a 16% drop.
Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #186, 1,450 sold
A tiny 1% boost.
Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call Rock (Sony) #194, 1,350 sold
Right about now, this is close to dropping off after a 14% drop.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless) 560 sold
This dropped off last week, but touring has kept it afloat. They’re one of those Warped Tour bands.
Last In Line, Heavy Crown (Frontiers) 510 sold
A 31% drop sucks royally.
The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick) 390 sold
This sold about the same amount as last week.
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 360 sold
A slight drop of 10%.
Church of Misery, …And Then There Were None (Rise Above) 330 sold
A miserable 21% drop.
Fleshgod Apocalypse, King (Nuclear Blast) 310 sold
A 10% drop isn’t fleshed out.
Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 300 sold
Once again, this album gets boosted back up onto the charts.
Avantasia, Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast) 260 sold
A 14% isn’t very a(d)vantasious (this is what’s called a stretch, kids.)
Obscura, Akróasis (Relapse) 250 sold
A boost of 7%.
Holy Grail, Times of Pride & Peril (Prothetic) 250 sold
A perilous drop of 42%.
Deströyer 666, Wildfire (Season of Mist) 240 sold
A %16(66) drop.
Delain, Lunar Prelude (Napalm) 240 sold
Abbath, Abbath (Season of Mist) 240 sold
A 35% drop, but you should probably try to catch him on the Decibel Tour.