Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Last week on Headbanger’s Brawl, we all discussed how Volbeat, Stone Sour, and Device were likely to have big first week sales, though we debated as to who would come out on top. And while we aren’t surprised at the results, it is funny that they all ended up charting next to each other. Never underestimate the power of Demark, Corey Taylor, and David Dra-a-a-a-iman. Not only that but (spoilers) two of these three bands have their previous albums charting as well. So, needless to say, it’s a good week for metal.
Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal Republic) #9, 39,150 sold
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but the Danish rockers have taken a spot in the top 10 and is our top debut this week. Fun fact: Volbeat are the first Danish act to have a top 10 record in the US since Aqua back in 1997.
Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 2 (Roadrunner) #10, 35,275 sold
Last year’s Stone Sour album debuted in the top 10, so it’s no surprise that Part 2 made it as well.
Device, Device (Warner Bros.) #11, 35,000 sold
Rounding out the one-two-three punch for metal debuts this week is Device, which in addition to having David Draiman on vocals features many guest musicians.
Drowning Pool, Resilience (Eleven Seven) #68, 6,325 sold
This debuted lower than Drowning Pool’s previous album, but it’s still a sold start for album number five.
Terror, Live By the Code (Victory) #146, 3,180 sold
The hardcore punk rockers are back with their fifth album and first release on Victory Records.
Rings of Saturn, Dingir (Unique Leader) 800 sold
Along with the release of the second album, it was also announced that Rings of Saturn will be featured on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour.
Serenity, War of Ages (Napalm) 480 sold
One of two releases form Napalm Records this week, this album focuses on famous world leaders such as Napoleon and Alexander The Great.
A sideproject from Christopher Bowes of Alestorm, everything about this group just screams symphonic power metal.
Killswitch Engage, Disarm The Descent (Roadrunner) #36, 12,450 sold
A second week drop, but even that can’t stop this album from selling over 60,000 in two weeks.
Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #61, 7,700 sold
A second week drop of 72%, but these album has sold over 35,000 so far.
Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #78, 5,775 sold
A 20% drop this week, I Kid you not.
Various Artists, Rock of Ages Soundtrack (Water Tower Music/Warner Bros.) #92, 4,650 sold
Oh, you love “Don’t Stop Believin”? Please, tell me again how big of a Journey fan you are.
Sevendust, Black Out The Sun (7brothers) #99, 4,050 sold
This album manages to stay in the top 100 this week.
Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #119, 3,275 sold
In addition to having a top 10 album, Volbeat’s previous release also gets a 33% percent boost, bringing it to over 225,000 sold. And they’re not the only ones.
Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 1 (Roadrunner) #124, 3,675 sold
With the release of Part 2, sales boosted by 64% for Part 1, putting it back on the charts and bring it to a total of just under 130,000 sold.
Clutch, Earth Rocker (Weathermaker) #143, 2,750 sold
In addition to this having sold over 35,000 copies, can we just take the time to admire Neil Fallon’s beard?
Bullet For My Valentine, Temper Temper (RCA) #148, 2,650 sold
Over 90,000 sold after 9 weeks.
Various Artists, Sound City: Real to Reel (RCA) #158, 2,550 sold
Someone should cut this soundtrack some slack.
In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #167, 2,425 sold
A small 11% boost this week put this album at just under 145,000 sold.
Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #173, 2,375 sold
Not much of a change from last week for this album.
Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #183, 2,225 sold
This has sold over 95,000 copies total.
Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #197, 2,025 sold
This dropped by 33% this week, but it has now sold over 390,000 copies.
Six Feet Under, Unborn (Metal Blade) 550 sold
Over 4,000 sold for Undead. Whoops, I mean Unborn.
Hypocrisy, End of Disclosure (Nuclear Blast) 500 sold
We’ll disclose that this is probably selling better in Sweden.
Within The Ruins, Elite (Entertainment One) 470 sold
Just one of the many bands at the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival this weekend.
Kvelertak, Meir (Roadrunner) 470 sold
This album doesn’t have a stranglehold on the charts.
Thy Art Is Murder, Hate (Nuclear Blast) 460 sold
Thy Chart Is Murder.
Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 450 sold
After 21 weeks, this has done well with over 26,000 sold.
Finntroll, Blodsvept (Century Media) 440 sold
A 61% drop for the Finland natives.
Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 430 sold
Even with a 25% decrease, the sales just keep on rolling.
Saxon, Sacrifice (Capitol) 420 sold
Over 3,000 sold in total.
Amaranthe, Nexus (Spinefarm) 380 sold
Lead vocalist Elza Ryd has performed guest vocals for Kamelot several times in the past.
Woe, Is Me Genesi[s] (Rise) 390 sold
Another week or two before this passes 20,000 sold in total.
Suffocation, Pinnacle of Bedlam (Nuclear Blast) 330 sold
This has sold over 8,000 in total after 8 weeks.
Texas Hippie Coalition, Peacemaker (Carved) 330 sold
Back from the dead to make their peace with the charts.
Jungle Rot, Terror Regime (Victory) 320 sold
This disappeared for a little bit, but is back likely thanks to their tour with Suffocation.