Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Ah, now that’s more like it. The debuts for this week are much greater in number (and more greatly anticipated) than last week. The top debut of the week isn’t all that surprising, but we have a feeling more people are more interested in the numbers for a certain “new” band formed out of the stagnated state of a band involved in one of the most talked about controversies in metal for well over a year. And no, we’re not talking about Blake Judd, but he’s involved with this week’s debuts as well. Also, guess which teenage Japanese metal act got a nice little boost after their performance at Heavy Montréal? You’ll have to read to find out. Or just guess from the obvious description.
Godsmack, 1000hp (Universal Republic) #3, 58,300 sold
The band returns with its sixth album which, as expected, had a huge debut, though it breaks the band’s streak of three number one albums in a row.
Wovenwar, Wovenwar (Metal Blade) #36, 7,000 sold
The much-anticipated return of four out of five of As I Lay Dying members has a solid debut.
Kix, Rock Your Face Off (Loud & Proud) #48, 5,425 sold
Have you eagerly been awaiting a new Kix album for the past 19 years? Well, here you go. To be fair, it didn’t do half, bad landing in the top 50.
Capture The Crown, Reign of Terror (Artery) #82, 3,725 sold
The metalcore Aussie outfit debuts its second album. Good, we needed to fill our quota of bands featuring the word “crown”.
Darkest Hour, Darkest Hour (Sumerian) #94, 3,225 sold
The band nabs its highest debut yet with its self-titled eighth album.
Eluveitie, Origins (Nuclear Blast) #95, 3,175 sold
The Swiss folk metallers have also managed to grab the highest debut yet in US with album number six.
Alestorm, Sunset on the Golden Age (Napalm) #161, 1,825 sold
These buccaneers swashbuckle on to the charts with album number four.
Belphegor, Conjuring the Dead (Nuclear Blast) 1,350 sold
Belphegor’s tenth album gets its debut.
Cold World, How The Gods Chill (Deathwish) 1,100 sold
This hardcore act got some chatter after their performance at This Is Hardcore Festival in Philly.
Nachtmystium, The World We Left Behind (Century Media) 810 sold
The seventh and apparently not final album from Blake Judd and company debuts.
Entombed A.D., Back To The Front (Century Media) 660 sold
This is the first album released under the moniker “Entombed A.D.” after the band split in two.
Blues Pills, Blues Pills (Nuclear Blast) 390 sold
Unlike other Nuclear Blast releases, this debut album is more along the lines of blues rock.
Theory of a Deadman, Savages (Roadrunner) #26, 9,800 sold
A savage second week drop of 66% doesn’t bring this down too far.
Linkin Park, The Hunting Party (Warner Bros.) #41, 6,225 sold
Not far from 200,000 sold in total.
Rise Against, The Black Market (Interscope) #35, 5,075 sold
Just over 75,000 sold.
Seether, Isolate & Medicate (The Bicycle Music Company) #62, 4,675 sold
A slight drop of 10%.
Judas Priest, Redeemer of Souls (Epic) #74, 3,950 sold
A drop of 26% will have you screaming for vengeance (yeah, wrong album title but it fits).
Various Artists, 2014 Vans Warped Tour Compilation (Side One Dummy) #84, 3,700 sold
A drop of 45% as this sits just under 50,000 sold.
Crown the Empire, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways (Rise) #101, 2,950 sold
Does the band keep getting album name ideas from video games?
Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #107, 2,800 sold
This is now in its 50th week on the charts.
Suicide Silence, You Can’t Stop Me (Nuclear Blast) #110, 2,600 sold
A steep drop of 48%.
The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #135, 2,150 sold
This nabs a slight 6% boost.
Adelitas Way, Stuck (Virgin) #147, 2,000 sold
This gets stuck with a 74% second week drop.
Overkill, White Devil Armory (eOne) #158, 1,850 sold
And then there was that time when Bobby Blitz was (mistakenly) given six months to live.
Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #166, 1,800 sold
Sitting just under 280,000 sold.
Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #170, 1,750 sold
A tiny drop of 4%.
Mastodon, Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise) #176, 1,700 sold
Just under 60,000 sold, which isn’t that bad.
Chevelle, La Gargola (Epic) #185, 1,625 sold
A tiny drop of 3%.
Fallujah, The Flesh Prevails (Unique Leader) 860 sold
Another drop of 34% despite lots of buzz and an opening slot on the Summer Slaughter tour.
Monuments, Amanuensis (Century Media) 420 sold
A big 56% boost. One of two albums getting attention from the Glass Cloud/Scale The Summit tour.
Reflections, Exi(s)t (eOne) 390 sold
Another big boost for the band of 51%. Must have made an impression.
Ice Nine Kills, The Predator Becomes the Prey (Outerloop) 380 sold
This falls prey to a 47% drop.
Wretched, Cannibal (Victory) 360 sold
Mayhem Fest, which is now over, brings this back up in sales.
Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 360 sold
This suffers only a 2% as it sits under 25,000 sold.
Vanna, VOID (Pure Noise) 890 sold
This may soon find the void after a 60% drop.
Get Scared, Everyone’s Out To Get Me (Fearless) 340 sold
A scary 52% drop.
Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 330 sold
A 20% boost this week that may or may not have been caused by Heavy Montréal.
American Sharks, American Sharks (The End) 310 sold
This hasn’t been on MBN in nearly a year, but the band’s recent tour has apparently garnered some sales.
Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie (Earache) 290 sold
A drop of 28%.
Boris, Noise (Sergent House) 280 sold
A slight drop of 13%.