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

Few bands are renowned for the live albums like Iron Maiden. If you’ve ever seen then live, then you understand why. Their studio albums are the best of the best, no question, but you can feel that electric charge just by hearing the live recordings. With the release of The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter, Maiden boast twelve live albums, spanning many eras and albums. The first Maiden album I ever bought, studio or otherwise, was actually 2005’s Death on the Road during the tour for Dance of Death. Best money I ever spent. Note that these are only the partial charts this week.


Notable Debuts: 

Iron Maiden, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (BMG)
14,000 sold

Maiden’s twelfth live album sold more than double what En Vivo! debuted with back in 2012.


Electric Wizard, Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm)
4,000 sold

The band’s ninth album gets a good debut, though not as high as 2014’s Time to Die.





Cavalera Conspiracy, Psychosis (Napalm Records)
3,200 sold

Album number four sells better than its 2014 predecessor.





Phinehas, Dark Flag (Artery)
3,100 sold

The band’s fourth album debuted just a hair lower than their previous album.





Galactic Cowboys, Long Way Back to the Moon (Music Theories)
1,100 sold

This is the band’s first new album in 17 years.





Tarja, From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas) (earMUSIC)
800 sold

If you’re a Nightwish fan and you need a Christmas album, this one’s for you.





In Flames, Down, Wicked, & No Good EP (Eleven Seven)
700 sold

This EP features covers of Alice and Chains and Nine Inch Nails among others.






Backtrack, Bad To My World (Bridge 9)
700 sold

This is the band’s third studio album.






Godflesh, Post Self (Shellshock)
600 sold

This is the band’s eighth album and their second since reuniting.





Polkadot Cadaver, Get Possessed (Razor To Wrist)
600 sold

This is the fourth album from the Dog Fashion Disco-related band.





Kissing Candice, Safe Word (Stay Sick)
400 sold

This is a new EP from the masked band.






The Body & Full Of Hell, Ascending A Mountain Of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey)
350 sold

This is the band’s second album with Full of Hell following last year’s One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache.




Notable Sales: 

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
8,300 sold

Only a 28% drop in this EP’s second week.





Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
4,600 sold

A 73% second week drop.





Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
4,050 sold

A 19% boost.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
4,000 sold

This got boosted back up the charts.





Nine Inch Nails, Add Violence (The Null Corporation)
2,300 sold
Another album (or EP in this case) boosted back up the charts.




Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
2,000 sold

A 60% boost.





Theory of a Deadman, Wake Up Call (Atlantic)
1,800 sold

A 22% drop.





Hollywood Undead, Five (BMG)
1,800 sold

A small 4% boost.





Nine Inch Nails, Not the Actual Events (The Null Corporation)
1,500 sold

Yeah, there were two NIN EP’s released this year in case you forgot.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
1,500 sold

A 10% boost. It’s like the album in inselfdestructible.





Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
1,150 sold

Yet another album boosted back up.





Trivium, The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
1,425 sold

A 30% drop.





Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
1,000 sold

A 48% drop.





Entheos, Dark Future (Spinefarm)
800 sold

A 48% second week drop.





Quicksand, Interiors (Epitaph)
800 sold

An 85% second week drop.





Converge, The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Deathwish)
600 sold

This dropped by half this week.





Sweet & Lynch, Unified (Frontiers)
500 sold

A second week 85% drop.




Sons Of Apollo, Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
400 soldThe son of Apollo was named Asclepius, God of Medicine, in case you were wondering. 




Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
400 sold
This was dubbed Loudwire’s top metal album for 2017, so expect to see it continue to sell as others come out with their year-end lists.


Zao, Pyrrhic Victory (Observed/Observer)
200 sold

After a big second week boost, this drops by 81%.






The Dark Element, The Dark Element (Frontiers)
200 sold

The second of two Nightwish related albums on the charts today.





Jeff Scott Soto, Retribution (Frontiers)
200 sold

A 62% drop.






Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Volume 1 (Reissue)  (Rise Above)
200 sold

Same as last week.