Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
This is the fourth week in a row that a metal album has debuted in the top 5, the previous bands being Chevelle, Memphis May Fire, and The Pretty Reckless. This week, Black Label Society is back with their first studio album of original material since 2010. Tie that in with the band’s headlining spot on the Revolver Golden Gods tour beginning tonight and things are looking pretty good for the band. Check out their numbers along with that of OFF!, Delain, and more.
Black Label Society, Catacombs of the Black Vatican (eOne) #5, 25,625 sold
Zakk Wylde and company have a monster debut with album number nine that cracks the top 5.
OFF!, Wasted Years (Vive) #97, 3,100 sold
The third album from the Keith Morris fronted group debuts in the top 100, a solid debut.
For The Fallen Dreams, Heavy Hearts (Rise) #122, 2,500 sold
On their fifth album, the band have their best debut yet.
Delain, The Human Contradiction (Napalm) #182, 1,850 sold
The Dutch band makes makes their best debut yet with album four.
Massacre, Back From Beyond (Century Media) 340 sold
The reformed death metal band debut with their first album since 1996.
Chevelle, La Gargola (Epic) #15, 12,400 sold
A 72% drop didn’t bring this down that far.
Various Artists, Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life (Rhino) #49, 6,000 sold
A 59% decrease keeps this in the top 50, which is fitting for the legacy of RJD.
The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #68, 4,250 sold
This holds the same chart position as last week. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Lacuna Coil, Broken Crown Halo (Century Media) #79, 3,800 sold
A 70% drop in week two.
Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #80, 3,775 sold
This gains another small boost this week of 9%.
Chiodos, Devil (Razor & Tie) #81, 3,775 sold
A pretty sizable second week 79% drop.
Steel Panther, All You Can Eat (Open E/Kobalt) #85, 3,575 sold
If there are some people who take Steel Panther as a serious glam metal band, then the list of people who should never breed is alive and well. Have you checked out our exclusive interview and acoustic performance of “Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World” yet?
Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #89, 3,500 sold
Memphis May Fire, Unconditional (Rise) #108, 3,050 sold
An unconditional drop of 52%.
Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #135, 2,350 sold
A small 5% boost.
Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #164, 2,075 sold
This isn’t too far from the 100,000 sold mark.
Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #166, 2,050 sold
The grand total for both albums is just under 610,000, if you wanted to know.
Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #170, 1,950 sold
Skillet is one of the bands rumored for Rockstar’s Uproar Festival.
Demon Hunter, Extremist (Solid State)#177, 1,900 sold
A 9% drop isn’t that extreme.
Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #185, 1,825 sold
This holds the same charts position as last week.
A Day To Remember, Common Courtesy (Self-Released) #189, 1,775 sold
This re-appears on the charts after dropping off last week. Much to Steel Panther’s disappointment, we’d imagine.
Sonata Arctica, Pariah’s Child (Nuclear Blast) 710 sold
They were going to call it Destiny’s Child but…well, you know.
Doyle, Abominator (MonsterMan) 530 sold
This pops up randomly…again.
Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 520 sold
Should Babymetal ever tour the US, some comedians came up with ideas for tour names.
Cilver, In My Head (LP Media) 500 sold
A 15% boost brings this back up the charts.
Intervals, A Voice Within (Self-Released) 470 sold
This continues to consistently sell with a 4% boost.
Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 410 sold
A 45% boost thanks to the band’s current tour.
Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 410 sold
The small boosts continue, this week with 3%.
Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 350 sold
Apparently, one of the band’s original name ideas was “Strawberry Centerfold.” At least that name wouldn’t get them confused with other metalcore bands.
Architects, Lost Forever // Lost Together (Epitaph) 320 sold
This shares the same position as…
Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 320 sold
This will hit the 30,000 in a week or two.