Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
We have twenty debuts listed here, making it the biggest week so far for metal in 2017. Spearheading it is Suicide Silence, and though they’re still the top metal debut of the week, you’ve likely heard by now that it wasn’t the best showing of their career. I guess not all press is good press considering reports of clean singing on the album were enough to throw fans into a rage leading up to the album’s release. I’m not saying that all publications meant to spin the band’s new direction as a bad thing, but I think everyone in this business knows that no two words are more in incendiary than “clean vocals.” Except for maybe “Nickleback rocks,” but I’m not sure there’s anyone brave enough to try that yet. Now, full disclosure, I’m not a big Suicide Silence fan but I just went and listened to “Doris” for reference and…it’s not that bad? It reminded me a bit of Deftones and the only weird part was really the chorus. But, hey, like I said, I’m not a huge fan anyway, so maybe the die-hards know better than me. That petition was still dumb, though.
Born of Osiris, The Eternal Reign (Sumerian)
This is the band’s second EP.
All Them Witches, Sleeping Through the War (New West)
This is the Nashville band’s fourth LP.
Pissed Jeans, Why Love Now (Subpop)
The noise/hardcore band’s fifth album is their first since 2013.
King Woman, Created in the Image of Suffering (Relapse)
This is the debut LP for King Woman following their EP two years prior.
Sanctuary, Inception (Century Media)
This is the band’s fourth album following their return album in 2014.
Ex Deo, The Immortal Wars (Napalm)
This is the band’s third album and first in five years.
A huge boost of 140% back into the top 10.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#134 (from 120)
A small 5% drop with just under 60,000 sold.
Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
A tiny 1% boost.
#160 (from 81)
AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
#187 (from 139)
A 24% drop
An 83% drop in week two.
Iron Reagan, Crossover Ministry (Relapse)
A 21% boost, perhaps from their tour with Power Trip. Up the Irons (does that still work here?)
The Agonist, Five (Napalm)
A dip of 4%.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity (ATO)