Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
It’s always a somber affair looking at the charts after the death of a renowned musician. I’m of course speaking of the passing of Chris Cornell and the fact that Soundgarden’s Superunknown is currently at #22 on Billboard, having sold over 9,150 copies in two days. That’s only one of the many Cornell related albums listed on the charts. There’s a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to seeing such sales, but I think the prevailing thought is the old adage “you don’t know what you have ’till it’s gone.” The people buying those albums are doing it for a mix of reasons motivated by Cornell’s death. Maybe they only really knew “Black Hole Sun” or “Outshined” and felt compelled to actually explore those albums. Maybe fans of Soundgarden finally went to listen to that solo album they initially looked over. Whatever the reason, I don’t think the majority of those people are jumping to purchase music just so they can turn around and say they’ve been lifelong fans. Rather, I think they regret not getting into the music more while Cornell was still around so they could be excited about a new album release or maybe because their best friend is a huge Audioslave fan and they never quite got into it. Most of all, I think it’s because they’ve only now realized what a truly remarkable voice Cornell had, and to make up for lost time and the fact that he’s gone they seek to surround themselves with recorded testaments to his glorious wailing.
Well, enough of that. You came here for album sales, and album sales you shall have. I had a comment from last week asking for Megadeth album sales, and I just so happen to have it: Dystopia sold 400 copies last week and has sold over 159,000 copies in total.
Seether, Poison The Parish (Canine Riot)
Seether land in the top ten, though this album still debuted with less than its predecessor.
Warrant, Louder Harder Faster (Frontiers)
The band’s ninth album is their first in six years.
Kobra and The Lotus, Prevail I (Napalm)
The band’s fourth album is their best debut yet. There’s also a Prevail II due out later this year.
Inglorious, II (Frontiers)
This is the second album from the group fronted by Nathan James (ex-Trans Siberian Orchestra, ex-Uli Jon Roth).
Snakecharmer, Second Skin
This is the second album from the group featuring ex-members of Whitesnake. I can see the connection.
Earth Groans, Renovate
This is the band’s debut EP.
Formerly known as Redeem the Exile, this is the band’s first LP.
Vanden Plas, The Seraphic Live Works
This live album is released ahead of the band’s new LP coming later this year.
This band’s thirteenth studio album follows up last year’s ATGCLVLSSCAP.
Summoner, Beyond the Realm of Light
This is the band’s third LP.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#18 (from 25)
A 7% boost with over 950,000 sold.
Motionless In White, Graveyard Shift
#59 (from 12)
A second week drop of 83%.
Mastodon, Emperor of Sand
#69 (from 97)
A 19% boost with just under 65,000 sold.
Incubus, 8 (Island)
#97 (from 20)
A steep 81% drop after last week’s boost.
At The Drive-In, in•ter a•li•a
#107 (from 19)
An 87% drop in week two.
All That Remains, Madness (Razor & Tie)
#125 (from 101)
A 25% drop is ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-madness.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#126 (from 152)
A 14% boost with over 75,000 sold.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#133 (from 128)
A 35% boost with over 186,000 sold.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
Touring with Metallica gets this a boost of 22% back onto the charts. Over 142,000 sold.
Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#176 (from 193)
A 7% boost with over 177,000 sold.
Life of Agony, A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm)
This gets a 19% boost.
Terror, The Walls Will Fall (Pure Noise/Triple-B Records)
This gets boosted way, way up by 134%.
Righteous Vendetta, Cursed
This got boosted back up to the charts last week. This week it got a boost of 10%.
Full of Hell, Trumpeting Ecstasy
An 85% drop in week two.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
A 5% boost and over 10,000 copies sold.
Slaughter To Prevail, Misery Sermon (Sumerian)
A second week 87% drop.
Ayreon, The Source
After avoiding the second week drop, this falls by 87% in week three.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity (ATO)
Boosted back up by a huge 171%.
This got a 20% boost.
Fates Warning, Awaken The Guardian Live (Metal Blade)
A 10% drop.
While She Sleeps, You Are We
A sleepy 49% drop.
A 20% drop is bearable.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
A slight 9% drop.
A Lot Like Birds, DIVISI
A steep second week drop of 97%.
Letters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
A 25% drop.
Battle Beast, Bringer of Pain
A 36% boost was enough to bring this back onto the charts.
Art of Dying, Nevermore
(Vices and Virtues)
This EP got a huge boost, possible because the band is touring with Scott Stapp.