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

It’s a shorter list of debuts this week, but you could probably use a breather from all the new music, eh? The past few months have been bountiful for metal, and each week continues to bring in more albums from newer bands keeping up their hype, veterans showing they’ve still got it, and bands that are just starting to break out from Bandcamp popularity. It may seem like things are starting to wind down for releases, but as you can tell from this list, it’s not quite over yet.


Notable Debuts:

A Skylit Drive, ASD (Tragic Hero) #29, 6,825 sold

The band’s fifth album is our top debut this week, but doesn’t debut as high as its predecessor.


W.A.S.P., Golgotha (Napalm) #41, 5,175 sold

W.A.S.P.’s fifteenth album and first in six years marks an excellent debut for the band.


H20, Use Your Voice (Bridge 9) #86, 3,250 sold

The band’s new album is their first album of original material since 2008.


The Afterimage, Lumière (Tragic Hero) 420 sold

The band’s new EP debuts on the charts.



Notable Sales:

Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #20, 8,775 sold

Just under 200,000 sold.


Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #28, 7,075 sold

Another 29% drop.


Clutch, Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker) #30, 6,825 sold

A 74% drop doesn’t take this down too far.


Queensrÿche, Condition Human (Century Media) #45, 4,750 sold

A 66% second week drop, but this stays in the top 50.


Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #49, 4,650 sold

Still going strong after a 10% drop.


Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG) #57, 4,100 sold

This booked a 25% drop.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #58, 4,075 sold

Spirited away by a 17% drop.


Trivium, Silence In The Snow (Roadrunner) #65, 3,900 sold

A 78% drop in week two.


Sevendust, Kill The Flaw (7Bros) #68, 3,750 sold

A 82% drop is flawed, but after last week’s stellar debut, it was bound to fall some.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #79, 3,425 sold

Just under 265,000 sold.


Slayer, Repentless (Nuclear Blast) #84, 3,175 sold

Might I suggested Slayer add this to their stage show?


The Winery Dogs, Hot Streak (Loud & Proud) #86, 3,100 sold

A 76% drop is not so hot.


Chris Cornell, Higher Truth (UMe) #95, 2,875 sold

A 25% drop. Truth, brah.


Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #134, 1,980 sold

This sold almost the same amount as last week. Spooky.


Hollywood Vampires, Hollywood Vampires (UMe) #151, 1,775 sold

A 13% drop sucks.


Parkway Drive, Ire (Epitaph) #156, 1,700 sold

A 54% drop with just under 20,000 sold.


Atreyu, Long Live (Spinefarm) #174, 1,475 sold

A 25% drop.


For Today, Wake (Nuclear Blast) #186, 1,375 sold

An 80% drop in week two.


Deafheaven, New Bermuda (ANTI-) #192, 1,325 sold

Another second week 82% drop.


Children of Bodom, I Worship Chaos (Nuclear Blast) #196, 5,725 sold

A 77% drop takes this down from the top 50.


Metal Allegiance, Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast) 630 sold

A 31% drop.


Fit for an Autopsy, Absolute Hope Absolute Hell (eOne) 570 sold

A 79% drop is fitting for week two.


Kylesa, Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist) 570 sold

Down in flames by 65%.


Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, The Night Creeper (Rise Above) 400 sold

A 33% drop of acid.


Graveyard, Innocence & Decadence (Nuclear Blast) 390 sold

Guilty of a 47% drop.


Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 350 sold

This keeps popping up. Guess God hasn’t slept on this one.


Nekrogoblikon, Heavy Meta (Mystery Box) 340 sold

This gets a huge boost back on the charts.


Denner/Sherman, Satan’s Tomb (Metal Blade) 300 sold

A 66% drop in week two.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 300 sold

This gets boosted up by 21%.

From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 288 sold

As Sean Connery would say: “A 37% drop is total ash.”

Windhand, Grief’s Eternal Flower (Relapse) 270 sold

Handed a 39% drop.


Operation: Mindcrime, The Key (Frontiers) 270 sold

Do you mind a 49% drop?


Meytal, Alchemy (Light Drop) 260 sold

This sold the same amount as last week.


Scale The Summit, V (Prosthetic) 260 sold

A 24% drop is not up to scale.


Caspian, Dust and Disquiet (Triple Crown) 250 sold

Dusting off a 24% drop.