Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.

If you take a look at this week’s edition of Metal By Numbers, you’ll notice a few things. First, that we have a lot of debuts (as has been the theme these past few weeks). Second, the Notable Sales section is significantly shorter than normal. And third, some rank numbers are missing for certain albums. Normally, this column relies on a specific set of charts with specific information every week. However, this week a different set of charts were used, meaning things will look just a bit different from you may be used to. Rest assured that these numbers are all still accurate, so go ahead and celebrate three metal albums in the top 20.

Notable Debuts:

Clutch, Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker) #11, 25,850 sold

As you’ve no doubt heard, Clutch’s eleventh studio album marks the band’s best debut yet.


Sevendust, Kill The Flaw (7Bros) #18, 17,750 sold

The band’s eleventh album manages to outdo last year’s acoustic album, which debuted with around 15,000 copies.


Trivium, Silence In The Snow (Roadrunner) #19, 17,450 sold

Trivium’s seventh studio album clocks in with a debut similar to 2013’s Vengeance Falls.


Queensrÿche, Condition Human (Century Media) #27, 13,800 sold

Two weeks following Operation: Mindcrime’s new album, the Geoff Tate-less version of Queensrÿche (or the non Operation: Mindcrime version, if you will) release their new album that debuts about on par with 2013’s self-titled effort.


The Winery Dogs, Hot Streak (Loud & Proud) #30, 12,700 sold

The sophomore album from the super trio outdoes their 2012 debut album.


Deafheaven, New Bermuda (ANTI-) #63, 7,450 sold

Sunbather was a bit of a sleeper hit, so naturally Deafheaven’s third release was going to end up being their biggest debut yet.


For Today, Wake (Nuclear Blast) #67, 7,000 sold

The band’s sixth album gets a solid debut, though it doesn’t quite outdo the sales of their previous releases.


Children of Bodom, I Worship Chaos (Nuclear Blast) #92, 5,725 sold

Bodom’s ninth album doesn’t outdo its predecessors in the US, but it’s their fifth number one album over in Finland.


Fit for an Autopsy, Absolute Hope Absolute Hell (eOne) 2,725 sold

The band’s third album marks their best debut yet.


Kylesa, Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist) 1,625 sold

The seventh album from the sludge metal act gets a solid debut.


Denner/Sherman, Satan’s Tomb (Metal Blade) 890 sold

The legendary guitar duo of Mercyful Fate have teamed up once again for this EP



Notable Sales:

Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) 10,525 sold

Got your 16% drop.


Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) 9,925 sold

Threatened by a 29% drop.


Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG) 5,450 sold

Did you ever think you’d see Minions and Iron Maiden in the same sentence? You have now.


Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) 5,175 sold

A 7% drop isn’t so disturbing.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) 4,900 sold

For whatever reason, the album title just makes me think of this Monty Python scene.



Slayer, Repentless (Nuclear Blast) 4,775 sold

Slaying a 25% drop.


Chris Cornell, Higher Truth (UMe) 4,375 sold

Still high after a 19% drop.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) 3,750 sold

A 10% tumble.


Parkway Drive, Ire (Epitaph) 3,700 sold

A second week drop of 74%.


Hollywood Vampires, Hollywood Vampires (UMe) 2,050 sold

A 31% drop.


Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) 1,975 sold

This picks up a small 5% boost.


Atreyu, Long Live (Spinefarm) 1,400 sold

Living witha 33% drop.


Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) 1,450 sold

A slight boost of 4%.


Scorpions, Return To Forever (RCA) 1,375 sold

Return to a 19% drop.


Lamb of God, VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic) 1,325 sold

Still holding out for an Angra/Lamb of God/Megadeth tour. Just sayin’.


Bullet For My Valentine, Venom (RCA) 1,275 sold

Over 45,000 sold.


Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner) 1,250 sold

This dropped off last week, but at week 50 an 11% boost has brought it back up.


Pop Evil, Up (eOne) 1,225 sold

Up by 5%.


The Black Dahlia Murder, Abysmal (Metal Blade) 1,200 sold

This drops by 79% in week two.



Metal Allegiance, Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast) 920 sold

A 30% drop. Not metal.