Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
No, really, we’ve got a lot of stuff here – as has been the norm lately. Nothing like a slew of releases to saturate your summer just in time for summer tours to begin. And, as you may have noticed last week, we prettied up the column! With pictures! And they even have color! Now you can judge an album by its cover as well as the number of units they pull each week. Speaking of, note that this week we only have the number of albums sold, not actual chart positions. It’ll be back to normal next week. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Metallica’s Black Album sold another 3,400 this week.
Rival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache) 6,000 sold
Rival Sons nab their best debut yet on their fifth album.
letlive., If I’m the Devil… (Epitaph)
The band’s fourth album had a solid debut, though it doesn’t quite outdo the 4,900 copies their last album sold in its first week.
Saliva, Love, Lies & Therapy (UMe)
Saliva’s tenth studio debuts slightly below the 2,600 their previous album did in 2014.
Sumac, What One Becomes (Thrill Jockey)
Following the band’s debut a little over a year ago, the Aaron Turner (ex-Isis) led trio’s second album sells double that of its predecessor.
Scorpion Child, Acid Roulette (Nuclear Blast)
The band’s sophomore effort is their best debut yet. Then again, with only one other to choose from, they probably hoped that would be the case.
Motörhead, Clean Your Clock (UDR)
This is the thirteenth live album from Motörhead and, as weird as this is to say, the band’s last professionally recorded live performance.
Vale of Pnath, II (Willowtip)
This is the second album from the Lovecraftian tech death band.
D.R.I., But Wait…There’s More! (Beer City)
This EP is the band’s first release since 1995.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
This pulls in a strong second week while staying in the quintuple digits and is just under 60,000 sold.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
Fun fact: this is the band’s first studio album since 2002’s Believe to receive a Parental Advisory sticker. This is despite the fact that other albums also contain profanity.
Hellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
A big drop in week two, but still a strong number.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
73,000 sold in total so far.
Beartooth, Aggressive (Red Bull)
This takes a steep drop in week two.
Thrice, To be Everywhere is to be Nowhere (Vagrant)
The band’s ongoing tour will likely keep these numbers up.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
Another drop in the bucket for this album.
Lacuna Coil, Delirium (Century Media)
Over 20,000 copies sold.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
Zombie’s new movie 31 has a trailer out now.
Issues, Headspace (Rise)
Warped tour will likely bump this up some.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
Next month’s Carnival of Madness tour will probably give this a boost.
Megadeth, Dystopia (Tradecraft/UMe)
Maybe Mustaine can get Pickles as his drummer, it’s not like Dethklok are doing anything anytime soon. Of course, that just means bringing in Gene Hoglan, and he can only be in so many bands at one time.
Death Angel, The Evil Divide (Nuclear Blast)
Over 9,500 sold.
Hatebreed, The Concrete Confessional (Nuclear Blast)
Just under 25,000 sold. Guess they really will be heard.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
This drops down again after boosting back up onto the charts. Given that it was the second-biggest rock and metal seller of last year, that it’s still moving units is pretty impressive.
Sixx:A.M., Prayers for the Damned (Eleven Seven)
Over 35,000 sold.
Melvins, Basses Loaded (Ipecac)
This takes the second week drop of 67%.
Katatonia, The Fall of Hearts (Peaceville)
This doesn’t change too much from last week.
This got a boost of 29%.
Flotsam and Jetsam, Flotsam and Jetsam (AFM)
This got an 11% boost.
Gorguts, Pleiades’ Dust (Season of Mist)
Nearly 4,000 sold. Also, happy anniversary to Obscura!
Cough, Still They Pray (Relapse)
A 76% drop in week two.
Jorn, Heavy Rock Radio (Frontiers)
A 66% drop in not what you’re jorning for.
Ghost Bath, Moonlover (Nuclear Blast)
The rerelease of this album on Nuclear Blast means it
Four By Fate, Relentless (The End)
This was fated to take a dive in week two.
Candlemass, Death Thy Lover (Napalm)
A 71% drop in week two.
Fallujah, Dreamless (Nuclear Blast)
This could pick up again in the fall when the band hits the US with Devin Townsend and Between The Buried And Me.