Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
August is kind of like the Sunday of months. If you’re a student or teacher, you’ve only got a precious amount of time left before you have to exchange your beach chair for a desk. Even if you’re neither of those things, you still want to pursue any last minute summer opportunity because before you know it it’s September, and from there it’s a roller coaster drop to the end of year. But I’m not here to be foreboding or a downer; rather, if you are feeling impeding pressure, just keep in mind how many great albums and tours are coming up in the next month alone. So don’t despair just yet, we’ve still got a good chunk of summer to enjoy and when it’s done, we’ll look to new things to get excited about.
Thank You Scientist, Stranger Heads Prevail (Evil Ink)
This the second release from this NJ prog band and their first foray onto the Billboard charts.
Infant Annihilator, The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch (Self-Released)
The favorite internet duo release their newest album.
Ghoul, Dungeon Bastards (Tankcrimes)
This is the band’s fifth album.
September Mourning, Volume II (Sumerian)
This is the first full-length album for this multimedia project starring Emily Lazar.
Ringworm, Snake Church (Relapse)
This is the band’s seventh album, and maybe being in The Secret Life of Pets helped spark some sales.
Ayreon, The Theater Equation (Inside Out)
This live album marks the first time an Ayreon album has been played live in its entirety.
Valient Thorr, Old Salt (Napalm)
Valient Thorr’s seventh album is its first on Napalm.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#20 (from 26)
In week 50, this gets a 10% boost with over 446,000 sold.
Steven Tyler, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere (Dot Records)
#45 (from 31)
This was living it up, but now it’s going down by 23%.
Chevelle, The North Corridor (Epic)
#55 (from 43)
Heading south with a drop of 21%.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#60 (from 74)
An 18% boost packs a punch.
Crown The Empire, Retrograde (Rise)
#66 (from 3)
An 83% drop in week two, but given what a great first week it had, that’s kinda inevitable.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#71 (from 83)
A boost of 6% with just under 90,000 sold.
Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
#82 (from 37)
A 45% drop.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#94 (from 65)
A 22% drop, but it’s not dawn yet.
Periphery, Periphery III: Select Difficulty (Sumerian)
#101 (from 6)
An 86% drop in week two.
Deftones, Gore (Reprise)
#102 (from 177)
A huge boost of 87%, and the tour they’re on is probably part of the reason.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#103 (from 86)
An 11% drop isn’t so shiny.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#150 (from 129)
This went amiss with a drop of 10%
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#171 (from 166)
A slight boost of 5%.
Hellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#184 (from 149)
A 3% boost!
Revocation, Great is Our Sin (Metal Blade)
#196 (from 54)
A 71% drop in week two.
Despised Icon, Beast (Nuclear Blast)
A 78% drop in week two.
Black Crown Initiate, Selves We Cannot Forgive (eOne)
A drop of 72%, also in its second week.
The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick)
This got an enormous 155% boost back up on the the charts.
Invent, Animate, Stillworld (Tragic Hero)
A 17% drop isn’t so animated.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
A boost of 42% thanks to tour magic.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
A drop of 50% is killer, but not in a good way.
Rival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
This sells about the same as last week.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
A 75% boost is hot.
The New Low, Continuance (Razor & Tie)
A second week drop of 71% can be summed up pretty nicely by the album cover.
Nails, You Will Never Be One Of Us (Nuclear Blast)
A 42% drop. Still no word from the band (or ex-band).
Capsize, A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me (Equal Vision)
A huge 90% drop in week two.
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
A 30% drop. You blue it.
Erra, Drift (Sumerian) 280 sold
This gets another boost this week, this time of 38%.
Fates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
Grounded by a 33% drop.
Whitford St. Holmes, Reunion (Mailboat)
A boost of 13%.
Scour, Scour (Housecore)
A 48% drop is sour.