Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Ghost, Popestar (Lorna Vista)
Ghost’s new EP reached the same chart position as last year’s Meliora and is the band’s second-best debut. Not bad for a release with only one original track (but damn is it good).
Led Zeppelin, Complete BBC Sessions (Rhino)
A top ten debut for another Led Zep compilation.
Knocked Loose, Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)
This is a solid top 50 debut for the band’s first LP.
Touché Amoré, Stage Four (Epitaph)
The band’s fourth album and its first on Epitaph and is the the band’s highest debut yet.
King 810, La Petit Mort or A Conversation with God (Roadrunner)
The band’s sophomore LP manages to outdo its predecessor.
Turnstile, Move Thru Me (Roadrunner)
This is the hardcore punk act’s debut album.
Brujeria, Pocho Aztlan (Nuclear Blast)
The band’s fourth album is their first LP in sixteen years.
Heaven Shall Burn, Wanderer (Century Media)
This is the German band’s eighth album.
To Speak of Wolves, New Bones (Cardigan)
This new EP from the Christian metalcore act is their first release since 2012.
Warzone, Don’t Forget The Struggle, Don’t Forget The Streets (Revelation)
This is a reissue of the band’s formerly out of print album from 1987.
Sumerlands, Sumerlands (Relapse)
This is the debut album from this Philly metal band.
Inanimate Existence, Calling from a Dream (Unique Leader)
This is the band’s third LP.
Shokran, Exodus (Self-Released)
This is the second album from the Russian metal band.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#50 (from 44)
Just under 100,000 sold.
Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista)
Ghost’s LP re-entered the charts thanks to the release of Popestar, which is being bundled with Meliora as a deluxe edition. It has sold over 96,000 copies.
Devin Townsend Project, Transcendence (InsideOut)
#96 (from 38)
A 58% drop in week two.
Of Mice & Men, Cold World (Rise)
#98 (from 13)
This takes a steep 88% drop in week two.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#105 (from 100)
Over 395,000 sold.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#106 (from 127)
Touring has boosted this up by 31% even though we saw Rob Caggiano at the Metallica show last night.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
A 69% boost brings this back up again.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
A 23% boost yields another re-entry on the charts.
Chevelle, The North Corridor (Epic)
#176 (from 184)
An 8% boost.
Prophets of Rage, The Party’s Over (Prophets of Rage)
#196 (from 125)
A 36% drop is a reason to rage.
Gemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
A 31% boost back up.
Twelve Foot Ninja, Outlier (Volkanik)
A 29% boost. Go, ninja, go!
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
Evergrey, The Storm Within (AFM)
A 70% drop storms in.
Fire From the Gods, Narrative (Rise)
A 54% drop isn’t so hot.
Delain, Moonbathers (Napalm)
A 20% drop.
Inquisition, Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith (Season of Mist)
A tiny 5% drop is…you know, there’s too many words in this album title to choose a pun from.
Sylar, Help! (Hopeless)
This might need some help after a 24% drop.
Letters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
A 72% second week drop.
Rival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
Another 12% drop.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
A teeny tiny 1% drop.
Erra, Drift (Sumerian)
This drifted up to a 20% boost.