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

The list of new debuts this week is notably shorter than previous weeks and lacking in big heavy hitters (no offense to Parkway Drive or any other bands listed here). So you may be thinking that the slowdown for metal is finally coming? Well, if it is, then it certainly isn’t going to be next week. And while this list of releases shows that, yes, we are eventually going to hit that point where bands are holding back releases till next year. But we’re not there yet, so take it all in now.


Notable Debuts:

Parkway Drive, Ire (Epitaph) #18, 14,450 sold

On their fifth album, the band achieves their highest charting debut yet in the US.


Graveyard, Innocence & Decadence (Nuclear Blast) #124, 2,200 sold

The Swedish metallers nab their best debut yet in the US.


A Sound of Thunder, Tales From the Dead Side (Mad Neptune) #149, 1,850 sold

The band’s fifth album is also their third to be funded by Kickstarter.


Caspian, Dust and Disquiet (Triple Crown) #167, 1,700 sold

The fourth album from this instrumental post-metal act has a solid debut.


Huntress, Static (Napalm) 1,225 sold

Album three manages to outsell its predecessor in its first week.


Gloryhammer, Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos (Napalm) 1,000 sold

This is the second album from the band founded by Alestorm’s Christopher Bowes.


Black Breath, Slaves Beyond Death (Southern Lord) 600 sold

The band’s third album doesn’t debut as well as its predecessor.


BoySetsFire, BoySetsFire (Bridge 9) 540 sold

This self-titled sixth album is the band’s second since their reunion.






Notable Sales:

Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #19, 14,300 sold

This is still in the top 20 after a 77% drop.


Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #21, 12,775 sold

A 31% drop with nearly 180,000 sold.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #42, 6,425 sold

A 41% drop. Once again, this has flip flipped spots with the album below.


Slayer, Repentless (Nuclear Blast) #43, 6,325 sold

A 42% drop in week three.


Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #48, 5,625 sold

A 20% drop with just under 155,000 sold.

Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG) #49, 9,950 sold

Maiden tour dates. Got on ’em.


Chris Cornell, Higher Truth (UMe) #56, 4,800 sold

This takes a 73% drop in week two.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #71, 4,200 sold

A 10% tumble.


Hollywood Vampires, Hollywood Vampires (UMe) #100, 2,975 sold

This is sitting at the bottom of the top 100.


Atreyu, Long Live (Spinefarm) #102, 2,925 sold

This takes a big second week drop of 80%.


The Black Dahlia Murder, Abysmal (Metal Blade) #134, 2,075 sold

This drops by 79% in week two.


Blessthefall, To Those Left Behind (Fearless) #146, 1,900 sold

A fall of 88% in week two is seemingly not blessed.


Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #148, 1,875 sold

If Ghost played a Halloween show dressed like this, I’d be throwing all of my money at them.


Scorpions, Return To Forever (RCA) #168, 1,700 sold

Over 10,000 sold.


Lamb of God, VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic) #190, 1,525 sold

At week ten, this has sold over 83,000 copies.


Bullet For My Valentine, Venom (RCA) #192, 1,500 sold

Over 45,000 sold.


Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #196, 1,450 sold

A slight boost of 4%.


Metal Allegiance, Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast) 1,300 sold

This drop 72% in week two.


Windhand, Grief’s Eternal Flower (Relapse) 720 sold

A 72% drop in week two.


Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, The Night Creeper (Rise Above) 680 sold

A deadbeat 30% drop.


Operation: Mindcrime, The Key (Frontiers) 580 sold

A 77% drop in week two. We’ll see how the other Queensryche does next week.


Scale The Summit, V (Prosthetic) 540 sold

A 83% drop.


From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 470 sold

A 16% drop to new.


Nile, What Should Not Be Unearthed (Nuclear Blast) 370 sold

This gets carried downriver with a 32% drop.


My Dying Bride, Feel The Misery (Peaceville) 360 sold

A miserable 57% drop.


Devil City Angels, Devil City Angels (Century Media) 360 sold

A 69% drop.


Stratovarius, Eternal (Edel) 950 sold

A 64% drop in week two.


Annihilator, Suicide Society (UDR) 290 s0ld

This was annihilated in week two by a 62% drop.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 270 sold

A 10% drop. Damn, sun.


Leaves’ Eyes, King of Kings (AFM) 270 sold

Leaving a 53% drop


Amorphis, Under The Red Cloud (Nuclear Blast) 260 sold

Cloudy with a chance of a 38% drop.


Myrkur, M (Relapse) 240 sold

A 30% boost brings this back up after dropping off last week.


Riverside, Love, Fear, and the Time Machine (InsideOut) 240 sold

No love for a 25% drop.