Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I had pretty much forgotten Issues existed even before the band’s top ten debut album dropped off the charts. You may recall that the band just kind of showed up seemingly out of nowhere with an apparently already huge following attached to it. And here they are again in 2016 with their second album sporting a huge debut. I mean, bands like Asking Alexandria and Attila get hate all the time, but they also get press and we’re aware of their existence before an album comes out. As far as I can tell with Issues, MetalSucks made a post about one of their songs a little under a month ago and that’s it. Maybe I’m just not checking my Facebook newsfeed as much as I used to. Well, wrap your head around that while you check out the eight other debuts for this week as well as some big boosts for big albums.
Saosin, Along The Shadow (Epitaph) #18, 11,425 sold
The reunited Saosin make their way into the top 20.
Katatonia, The Fall of Hearts (Peaceville) #53, 3,750 sold
This is the band’s best debut yet in the US.
Gruesome, Dimensions of Horror (Relapse) #145, 1,575 sold
This is the band’s first EP following their debut LP last year.
Flotsam and Jetsam, Flotsam and Jetsam (AFM) #192, 1,175 sold
The band’s self-titled effort is their twelfth album.
Satyricon, Nemesis Divina (Napalm) 410 sold
This is a reissue of the band’s third album in honor of its 20th anniversary.
Iron Savior, Titancraft (AFM) 360 sold
The ninth album in the long-running story of the spaceship Iron Savior.
Wo Fat, Midnight Cometh (Small Stone) 220 sold
The sixth album from the stoner metal act.
First Fragment, Dasein (Unique Leader) 190 sold
This is the first LP from the tech-death band.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless) #21, 9,925 sold
An 80% drop doesn’t take this down too far in week two.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #24, 9,325 sold
A boost of 40% on the album’s 40th week with over 386,000 sold. Call it the “Sound of Silence” effect.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe) #54, 3,750 sold
A drop of 28%.
Sixx:A.M., Prayers for the Damned (Eleven Seven) #57, 3,525 sold
Prayers were answered by a 41% boost.
Hatebreed, The Concrete Confessional (Nuclear Blast) #60, 3,300 sold
An 80% drop in week two.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #65, 3,125 sold
A huge boost of 68%. Seems like a lot of the bands playing festivals are getting big sales boosts.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #72, 2,775 sold
A tiny 2% drop. Okay, maybe not all of them.
Megadeth, Dystopia (Tradecraft/UMe) #86, 2,500 sold
This also gets a huge boost of 66%.
DevilDriver, Trust No One (Napalm) #90, 2,425 sold
This also drops by 80% in week two.
Deftones, Gore (Reprise) #96, 2,275 sold
A 22% drop, but just under 100,000 sold.
Asking Alexandria, The Black (Sumerian) #98, 2,200 sold
A 54% boost thanks to some tour magic.
Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #112, 1,675 sold
An enormous boost of 106% brings this back onto the charts.
Avatar, Feathers & Flesh (eOne) #149, 1,575 sold
A 76% drop in week two.
Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #162, 1,425 sold
A 15% boost after some tour magic.
Kvelertak, Nattesferd (Roadrunner) 860 sold
This drops by 62% in week two.
Gorguts, Pleiades’ Dust (Season of Mist) 740 sold
A 67% drop in week two.
A big boost of 63% after weeks of steady sales.
Texas Hippie Coalition, Dark Side of Black (Carved) 460 sold
A 39% boost is hip.
Fallujah, Dreamless (Nuclear Blast) 410 sold
A 29% drop.
Haken, Affinity (InsideOut) 350 sold
A tiny boost of 4%.
Destruction, Under Attack (Nuclear Blast) 330 sold
Under a 66% drop.
Aborted, Retrogore (Century Media) 270 sold
A 23% drop is retrograde.
Wilson, Right To Rise (Razor & Tie) 950 sold
Purson, Desire’s Magic Theater (Spinefarm) 260 sold
A 37% boost brings this back up after dropping off last week.
Grand Magus, Sword Songs (Nuclear Blast) 240 sold
A drop of 50% in week two.
Discharge, End of Days (Nuclear Blast) 230 sold
A drop of 59%.
Head Wound City, New Wave of Violence (Three One G) 200 sold
Wounded by a 71% drop.
Westfield Massacre, Westfield Massacre (Urban Yeti) 200 sold
A 31% drop.