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

The debut week drought continues, but it seems we’ll be seeing more action in the weeks to come. In the meantime however, many albums have reappeared on the charts thanks to a combination of albums dropping off without new ones to take their place. So you’ll see a lot of familiar faces (covers?) on here, but soon many new ones will be ushered in once the debuts start flowing in.


Notable Debuts:

Ice Nine Kills, Safe is Just a Shadow (Re-shadowed and Re-recorded) (Self-Released)
560 sold

These aren’t the real debut numbers for this album; those will becoming next week. But since we have absolutely nothing else to put here this week, I’ll include it.



Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#11 (from 6)
14,450 sold

The best-selling album of 2016 takes a 58% drop, but that doesn’t really affect it much.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#56 (from 56)
3,600 sold

A 51% drop, but it’s nearly at the 150,000 mark.





Nine Inch Nails, Not the Actual Events (The Null Corporation)
#59 (from 11)
3,475 sold


An 87% drop with over 50,000 sold.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#68 (from 84)
3,125 sold

A 40% drop in sales, but this actually moved up on the charts.





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Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#85 (from 102)
2,500 sold

A 42% drop for the second biggest selling metal album of 2016.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#95 (from 140)
2,200 sold

Drawing the line at a 29% drop.






Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#96 (from 114)
2,150 sold

This suffered a 43% drop.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#98 (from 117)
2,125 sold

A 43% drop at week 70.






trans-siberian-orchestraTrans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
#106 (from 69)
2,000 sold

A spooky 69% drop.





highlysuspectboywhocriedcdHighly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#111 (from 152)
1,950 sold

A 29% drop with just under 30,000 sold.





prettyrecklesswhoyousellingcd_0The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
#134 (re-entry)
1,550 sold

A 6% boost brings this back up.





shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#149 (from 193)
1,300 sold

A 34% drop is threatening.


volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#183 (re-entry)
1,050 sold

Here starts a series of albums that have re-entered the charts.




A Day To Remember, Bad Vibrations (ADTR)
#187 (re-entry)
1,025 sold

This has sold over 100,000 copies.





testamentbrotherhoodcdcoverTestament, Brotherhood of the Snake (Nuclear Blast)
#189 (re-entry)
1,000 sold

Funnily enough, all three of these re-entries actually dropped in sales. It’s because of the dearth of album sales in January that they ended up higher on the charts.





Khemmis, Hunted (20 Buck Spin)
250 sold

Another boost, this time by 14%.






geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
240 sold

A 10% drop.






RSR_PZ_2400_REVRed Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
230 sold

Only a 1% drop.





Nails-You-Will-Never-Be-One-of-UsNails, You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)
220 sold

A 39% drop for the nails that aren’t nine inches.






amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
200 sold

A 30% drop.






through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
200 sold

Another boost of 8%.






glennhughesresonatecdGlenn Hughes, Resonate (Frontiers)
190 sold

A 23% boost back up.






alcestkodamaAlcest, Kodama (Prophecy)
200 sold

This also pops up again thanks to a 22% boost.






rivalsonshollowbonescdRival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
170 sold

A 35% drop just under 15,000 sold.






Vektor, Terminal Redux (Earache) 600 sold
160 sold

A 15% drop for the 2016 critical darling.






letters-from-the-fireLetters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
160 sold

This has also made a reappearance.






epicaholographicEpica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
160 sold

A 42% drop.






darktranquillityatomacdDark Tranquillity, Atoma (Century Media)
160 sold

Yet another re-entry.






hammerfallHammerfall, Built to Last (Napalm)
150 sold

This got a tiny 4% boost.







knocked-looseKnocked Loose, Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)
150 sold

A 20% drop, but it’s still on here.