Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad time with a Nightwish album, so its nice to get one while the world is in such a muddied state. Their new double album is just one of sixteen debuts this week, which is pretty sizable. What’s more, there’s a string of new releases coming the next few weeks that has me giddy, and it all starts this Friday with new releases from Trivium and Elder. The former just dropped a new track and our own Jeff Podoshen reviewed the latter’s new album. Make sure you keep checking on our column New & Noteworthy to see what else is coming out over the next few weeks.
Nightwish, Human. :II: Nature. (Nuclear Blast)
Nightwish’s ninth album charted higher than its 2015 predecessor, but it sold less than half of its debut.
Joe Satriani, Shapeshifting (Legacy)
Satch’s seventeenth studio album sold about half of its predecessors debut.
Metal Church, From The Vault (Rat Pak)
This is Metal Church’s first compilation album.
Rotting Out, Ronin (Pure Noise)
This is the band’s first album in seven years.
Wolfheart, Wolves of Karelia (Napalm)
This is the band’s fifth album.
Caustic Wound, Death Posture (Profound Lore)
This is the grindcore band’s debut album.
Sparta, Trust The River (Dine Alone)
This is the band’s fourth studio album and first in 14 years.
Kingsmen, Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery. (SharpTone)
This is the band’s debut album.
Benighted, Obscene Repressed (Season Of Mist)
This is the band’s ninth album.
Ayreon, Electric Castle Live and Other Tales(Music Theories)
This is a full on rock opera production of Ayreon’s third studio album Into the Electric Castle.
Symbolik, Emergence (The Artisan Era)
This is the band’s debut album.
Kreator, London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse(Nuclear Blast)
Kreator’s third live album came out last February, but only just showed up on the charts.
Like Rats, Death Monolith(Hibernation Release)
This is the band’s third studio album.
By The Thousands, Dead Matter(Stay Sick)
This is the prog metal band’s third album.
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#14 (from 7)
A 55% drop with just under 70,000 sold.
Testament, Titans Of Creation (Nuclear Blast)
#25 (from 8)
A 74% second week drop with over 10,000 sold.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#30 (from 31)
A 2% drop.
RED, Declaration(Red Entertainment)
#41 (from 5)
A drop of 85% in week two with over 11,000 sold.
In This Moment, Mother (Roadrunner)
#49 (from 25)
A 41% drop.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#59 (from 65)
A 12% boost with just under 420,000 sold.
August Burns Red, Guardians (Fearless)
#67 (from 3)
A 92% drop in week two with over 11,000 sold.
Breaking Benjamin, Aurora (Hollywood)
#84 (from 123)
A 49% boost with over 31,000 sold.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#121 (from 125)
A 9% boost with over 30,000 sold.
Tesla, Five Man London Jam (UMe)
#153 (from 91)
A 38% drop.
#157 (from 149)
This sold the same as last week.
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
A 30% boost brings this back to the charts almost two years after it first debuted. It’s sold over 153,000 copies.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#164 (from 142)
A 11% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#167 (from 186)
A 11% boost.
Various Artists, The Many Faces of Metallica (Music Brokers Arg)
#167 (from 190)
This has been on the charts for 6 weeks, but I didn’t spot it before now. I’m also not 100% sure what it is. It appears to be a compilation album that features bands covering Metallica songs along with songs from bands that influenced Metallica.
Skid Row, Skid Row 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition(Atlantic)
#183 (from 198)
A 8% boost.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
An 18% boost brings this back up with over 68,000 sold.
Igorrr, Spirituality And Distortion (Metal Blade)
A 31% drop.
A 21% drop.
Mark Morton, Ether EP (Rise)
This got boosted way back up.
Dynazty, The Dark Delight (AFM)
This actually got a boost of 19% in week two rather than dropping.
Ad Infinitum, Chapter I: Monarchy (Napalm)
A 75% drop in week two.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
A 12% boost up.