Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
At the beginning of the year, our friends over at Metal Injection posted a piece about why the metal scene is doing better than ever. After reading this story when it popped up again, I’d have to say I’m all in agreement, especially looking at things from a charts perspective. It’s crazy how many bands come pouring onto the debuts list every week, and while this week’s list isn’t as long as others, its certainly consistent with how well metal has done this year.
Silent Planet, Everything Was Sound (Solid State) Debut #21, 6,850 sold
The band’s second album lands a solid debut in the top 25.
Chelsea Grin, Self Inflected (Rise)
This reaches about the same chart position as the band’s previous album, but that album sold over 10,000 in its first week.
Fates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
Fates Warning’s twelfth album does even better than their previous album, which was their first in nine years.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
The band’s debut album under their new moniker makes it to the top 75.
Circle of Contempt, Structures For Creation (SFC Music)
This is the second album from this Finnish prog metal band, who put their last album out in 2009.
Pain of Salvation, Remedy Lane Re:lived (InsideOut)
This is the band’s fourth live album.
Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
#44 (from 32)
This doesn’t drop much in its second week. Only by 31%. These comps always sell well throughout the tour, which will be going on for a while more.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#46 (from 22)
This takes a 20% drop, but it’s still sealing the deal and boogieing.
Whitechapel, Mark of the Blade (Metal Blade)
#86 (from 15)
A 72% drop in week two, but they made their mark with a top 15 debut last week.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#88 (from 97)
A small 3% boost, which is three percent less than it should be, given their album titled.
Gojira, Magma (Roadrunner)
#91 (from 64)
A 31% drop in week three.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#104 (from 92)
A 20% drop with over 80,000 sold.
Hellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#121 (from 102)
A 23% drop, but a certain Phil Collins cover featuring a certain former bandmate of the drummer’s is getting some attention at rock radio, which might help them.
Thousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
#125 (from 91)
This may need a krutch after a 31% drop.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#143 (from 133)
Ten weeks on, this has sold over 70,000. While Zombie has a string of gold and platinum albums, this might not hit that mark, but at least he’s got a film career.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#152 (from 158)
A slight drop of 2%, but they seem to be doing ok for themselves.
Beartooth, Aggressive (Red Bull)
#175 (from 186)
A drop of 7%, which is pretty modest.
Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia)
#177 (from 121)
On week 40, this takes a 36% drop with just under 160,000 sold.
Issues, Headspace (Rise)
#180 (from 176)
A 13% boost is followed by a 13% drop.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#183 (from 194)
A drop of 8%.
Nails, You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)
A 34% drop.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
An 8% boost is killer.
Melvins, Basses Loaded (Ipecac)
This gets boosted back up after dropping off last week.
Rival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
A 23% drop.
The Browning, Isolation (Spinefarm)
An 84% drop in week two.
Dark Funeral, Where Shadows Forever Reign (Century Media)
A 38% drop, but can’t really complain after the huge boost from last week.
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
A slight drop of 5%.
Hail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
A 33% drop is scarring.
Denner/Shermann, Masters of Evil (Metal Blade)
A 62% drop in week two.
Katatonia, The Fall of Hearts (Peaceville)
A 15% boost lifts the heart.
Old Wounds, The Suffering Spirit (Good Fight)
A drop of 4%.
Fallujah, Dreamless (Nuclear Blast)
A 26% boost back up after dropping off last week.