Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I just got back from vacation and after having not done the charts for two weeks lets just say that the pace at which I completed this particular edition felt similar to playing a Neurosis song at half speed. But no matter, for its another round of debuts this week with two metal albums in the top ten and few other big releases with big numbers as well. And of course there’s the usual round of Warped Tour surges to bring albums back from the dead. And in case you were wondering, Metallica’s Black Album sold another 5,000 copies this week.
Crown The Empire, Retrograde (Rise)
The band third album lands, appropriately, at the number three spot on the charts, making it their highest charting album yet. Their previous album, however, sold a bit more.
Periphery, Periphery III: Select Difficulty (Sumerian)
Periphery’s fifth album is their highest charting yet following last year’s Juggernaut double album, which sold 35,000 in total its first week.
Revocation, Great is Our Sin (Metal Blade)
Revocation’s sixth album marks the band’s best debut yet.
Despised Icon, Beast (Nuclear Blast)
The band’s first album in seven years is their best debut ever by a wide margin.
Capsize, A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me (Equal Vision)
The band’s latest has a solid debut no doubt thanks to their stint on Warped Tour.
Black Crown Initiate, Selves We Cannot Forgive (eOne)
The band avoids a sophomore slump (at least in terms of sales) with their best debut yet.
Forevermore, Integral (Solid State)
The Christian metal band’s fourth album is their best debut so far.
Dio, A Decade of Dio: 1983-1993 (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
This set featuring Dio’s first six solo albums makes its debut.
The New Low, Continuance (Razor & Tie)
Another band off Warped Tour releases their debut album.
Riverside, Love, Fear And The Time Machine Special Edition (InsideOut)
This edition of the band’s 2015 album is a new Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Sound Mix.
Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir (Hall of Records)
Neil Fallon and Vinnie Appice release the debut album of their new group.
Hammers of Misfortune, Dead Revolution (Metal Blade)
The band’s sixth album is their first in five years.
Witherscape, The Northern Sanctuary (Century Media)
The duo’s second album sells exactly the same as their debut.
A Promise To Burn, This Knife (Self-Released)
This self-released debut EP made it on here, so I have to give them credit for that.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#26 (from 27)
A slight boost of 2%.
Steven Tyler, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere (Dot Records)
#31 (from #7)
A 66% drop doesn’t bring this too far down the charts.
Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
#37 (from 67)
Must’ve been a good week for Warped Tour because this rose up by 60%.
Chevelle, The North Corridor (Epic)
#43 (from 24)
A 36% drop, but this is still a pretty good third week.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#65 (from 75)
This gets another boost, this time of 13%.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#74 (from 79)
A boost of 11% puts this over 375,000 sold.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#82 (from 64)
A drop of 19% is not a good deal.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#86 (from 117)
A big 48% boost ensures this album’s continued survival.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#129 (from 126)
A slight boost of 7%.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#166 (from 153)
Nearly 75,000 sold.
Gojira, Magma (Roadrunner)
#169 (from 109)
After a boost last week, this takes a drop of 31%.
Deftones, Gore (Reprise)
#177 (from 199)
This nearly dropped off the charts, but received a 13% boost instead.
Hellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#184 (from 149)
A 16% drop.
Issues, Headspace (Rise)
#199 (from 188)
This might not be on the charts next week. Is that an issue?
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
A slight drop of 2%, but this is still having a good streak.
Cane Hill, Smile (Rise)
An 80% drop in week two.
Nails, You Will Never Be One Of Us (Nuclear Blast)
This nailed a 13% boost. In other news, we still don’t know if Nails is a band anymore.
Invent, Animate, Stillworld (Tragic Hero)
This won’t sit still after a 56% drop
Vanna, All Hell (Pure Noise)
A slight 5% drop. Aw, hell.
9electric, The Damaged Ones (Another Century)
This only went down by 10% in week two.
Rival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
With a 13% boost, this is officially over 10,000 sold.
Scour, Scour (Housecore)
A slight 8% boost in its second week. Maybe people figured out who’s actually in the band?
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
A 9% boost is good, I’ll wager.
Fates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
A 37% drop came without warning.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
A 30% drop will break your heart.
Gone Is Gone, Gone Is Gone (Rise)
A 41% drop. And this is going, going…
Inter Arma, Paradise Gallows (Relapse)
A 17% drop isn’t quite paradise.
Melvins, Basses Loaded (Ipecac)
This sold the same as last week.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
A 51% drop is not so hot.
Whitford St. Holmes, Reunion (Mailboat)
This drops by 28%.
Oceans Ate Alaska, Lost Isles (Fearless) #89, 3,700 sold
This came out over a year ago, but Warped Tour gave this a 27% boost to sales.
Erra, Drift (Sumerian) 280 sold
This album got a huge boost of 75% to ensure that you see two album covers depicting jellyfish in a row.
Old Wounds, The Suffering Spirit (Good Fight)
A 33% drop after last week’s boost.
Spellcaster, Night Hides the World (Prosthetic)
A 24% boost keeps this from being hidden.