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

A handful of albums have dropped off of the charts this week, but you probably won’t notice since, yet again, we have a slew of new debuts added to Metal By Numbers. It’s the usual mix when it comes to these big lists: some highly anticipated release, a new album from one-fourth of Tool, crowdfunded albums, and…a new Def Leppard album? I’m guessing it’s been a while since anyone wrote that sentence. Actually, I’m not even sure if that’s ever been written on this website before. Huh. Well, in any case, step inside, walk this way, you and the charts babe, hey, hey!


Notable Debuts:

Def Leppard, Def Leppard (Mailboat) #5, 29,775 sold

The band’s first album in seven years is also its highest charting since 1996’s Slang.


Puscifer, Money Shot (Puscifer Entertainment) #16, 15,235 sold

The band’s third album has an excellent opening week despite all the Maynard James Keenan fan hubbub.


Escape The Fate, Hate Me (Eleven Seven) #31, 8,400 sold

It’s a solid first week the band’s fifth album, though it doesn’t outdo the debuts of previous efforts.


Get Scared, Demons (Fearless) #97, 3,075 sold

The band’s third album manages to outdo its predecessor.


Saxon, Battering Ram (UDR) #150, 2,000 sold

Saxon’s 21st studio album is their best US debut since 1986’s Rock The Nations.


Whitechapel, Brotherhood of the Blade (Metal Blade) #152, 1,975 sold

The band’s new crowdfunded live album makes its debut.


Myka, Relocate, The Young Souls (Razor & Tie) #156, 1925 sold

The hardcore act’s sophomore album has a respectable debut.


Skindred, Volume (Napalm) 1,150 sold

Skindred’s sixth studio album is out following last year’s Kill The Power.


Twitching Tongues, Disharmony (Metal Blade) 1,000 sold

The band’s third album is their first on Metal Blade Records.


All Them Witches, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (New West) 680 sold

The band releases their latest album a few weeks before heading out on tour with The Sword.


Draconian, Sovran (Napalm) 580 sold

The band’s sixth album is their first with singer Heike Langhans.


Hatchet, Fear Beyond Lunacy (The End) 410 sold

This is the band’s third full-length studio album.


Hooded Menace, Darkness Drips Forth (Relpase) 380 sold

This the fourth album from the Finnish death/doom metallers.


Cryptopsy, The Book of Suffering – Tome 1 (Self-Released) 290 sold

This is the first in a series of crowdfunded EP’s for the band.



Notable Sales:

Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #44, 6,600 sold

Only a 2% drop and still in the top 50. Up to 225,000 sold in nine weeks.


Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #56, 5,300 sold

A 4% drop is no threat.


Coheed and Cambria, The Color Before The Sun (300 Entertainment) #71, 4,250 sold

A 38% drop brings some color.


Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #86, 3,600 sold

Over 180,000 sold.


Crown the Empire, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways (Rise) #87, 3,550 sold

This album sees new life on the charts after a deluxe reissue.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #103, 2,950 sold

A slight 6% drop.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #112, 2,650 sold

A tiny 5% drop. This will cross the 100,000-sold barrier shortly.


Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #134, 2,325 sold

This gains a huge 74% boost. Looks like you can’t keep a good ghost down.


Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG) #141, 2,200 sold

Just under 130,000 sold.


Clutch, Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker) #160, 1,800 sold

A 34% drop means war.


Slayer, Repentless (Nuclear Blast) #166, 1,650 sold

Over 80,000 sold.


Stryper, Fallen (Frontiers) #176, 1,525 sold

A drop of 28%.


Born of Osiris, Soul Sphere (Sumerian) #177, 1,500 sold

A second week drop of 78%.


The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick) 770 sold

A 35% drop is destructive.


Killing Joke, Pylon (Spinefarm) 530 sold

A 73% second week drop makes a killing.


Windhand, Grief’s Eternal Flower (Relapse) 350 sold

A slight 4% boost.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 330 sold

A 39% drop lacks zeal.

Metal Allegiance, Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast) 320 sold

A 16% drop. Where’s your allegiance, metal fans?

Graveyard, Innocence & Decadence (Nuclear Blast) 310 sold

A 30% drop into the grave.


Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 310 sold

A 25% drop. Looks like God hit the snooze button.