Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I did my usual check up on upcoming releases for 2017
and good god June is packed. Last week saw a slew of releases
helmed by SikTh’s first LP in over a decade, but next couple of weeks include everything from Suffocation to Iced Earth to Dying Fetus to Origin just to name a few. There’s even a new CKY album coming out if that’s your sort of thing. Also, Iron Maiden are currently making their way around the US this month, and you bet your sweet boots I’ll be seeing them for my fifth time. Needless to say, it’s a good start to summer for metal music.
Danzig, Black Laden Crown (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)
Danzig’s first LP of original material in seven years had a better debut than his 2015 covers album
, but only a little more than half of the 12,000 that Deth Red Sabouth
sold back in 2010.
Alestorm, No Grave But The Sea (Napalm Records)
The band’s fifth studio album is their best debut yet in the US, selling more than double its predecessor
The Letter Black, Pain (EMP)
The band’s fourth LP is their first in four years and their highest charting yet.
Mark Slaughter, Halfway There (EMP)
This is the second solo album from the frontman of the glam band Slaughter.
Sólstafir, Berdreyminn (Season of Mist)
This is the Icelandic band’s sixth LP. It’s also the music I’ve been listening to while writing out the charts!
In Hearts Wake, Ark (UNFD/Rise Records)
The band’s fourth album charted a #3 in their native Australia.
Wind Rose, Stonehymn (Inner Wound)
This is the third LP from the Italian power metal band.
Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#13 (from 1)
A 90% drop doesn’t take this down too far in week two.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#32 (from 15)
A 56% drop.
Papa Roach, Crooked Teeth (Eleven Seven Music)
#40 (from 9)
A second-week drop of 80%.
Seether, Poison The Parish (Canine Riot)
#51 (from 34)
A 39% drop with nearly 40,000 sold.
Incubus, 8 (Island)
#87 (from 149)
A big boost of 51% with just under 70,000 sold.
Scale The Summit, In A World Of Fear (Self-Released)
101 (from 191)
This has a much better second-week, boosting by 56%.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#120 (from 110)
A 21% drop with over 190,000 sold.
Mastodon, Emperor of Sand
#133 (from 107)
A 28% drop.
Beartooth, Aggressive (Red Bull)
A surge in sales brings this back on the charts nearly a year after being released.
Motionless In White, Graveyard Shift
#152 (from 104)
A 36% drop.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#188 (from 194)
An 8% drop.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#191 (from 161)
A drop of 21%.
Rammstein, Rammstein: Paris (Spinefarm)
#193 (from 91)
A 55 drop in week two.
A Killer’s Confession, Unbroken
This dropped off after its debut a month ago, but now its been boosted back up.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity (ATO)
A 63% boost in sales. Meanwhile, the band’s latest album is a few spots below.
A Lot Like Birds, DIVISI
The Obsessed, Sacred (Relapse)
This gets boosted back up on the charts.
Oceano, Revelation (Sumerian Records)
This takes an 89% drop after the band’s best debut yet.
Ayreon, The Source
A boost of 19%.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
A 91% brings this back on the charts.
Power Trip, Nightmare Logic
A 23% boost is a trip.
Hail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
This pops up yet again.
Fire From the Gods, Narrative (Rise)
This jumped from selling 90 copies to over 600. They’ll be on Warped Tour.
A second week drop of 58%.
A 32% drop.