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

You’d think that Aerosmith’s first album in 8 years would be an event. Especially since in that time, an entire generation that missed out on the awesome ’70s drug-induced version of the band, or the post-rehab super successful hitmaking ’80s version of the band has gotten exposure to frontman Steven Tyler via American Idol. And while selling 63,000 copies of Music From Another Dimension is nothing to sneeze at, it’s definitely a little underwhelming. Especially when All That Remains can sell almost half that despite being around only a third as long as Aerosmith.


Notable Debuts

Aerosmith, Music From Another Dimension! (Columbia) #5, 63,100 sold

Aerosmith are back with studio album number 15 and their first album in 8 years. This was a long time coming amidst Steven Tyler’s stint on American Idol and that one time where it looked like he was out of the band. Nonetheless, they’ve returned with a top 5 record.


All That Remains, A War You Cannot Win (Razor & Tie) #13, 24,800 sold

Everyone’s favorite Massachusets metalcore act is back with an album that doesn’t chart quite as high as its predeccesor (to be exact, 2010’s For We Are Many debuted in the top 10 with around 29,000 copies sold), but its had a damn good debut.


HIM, XX-Two Decades Of Love Metal (The End Records) #189, 2,200 sold

I’m going with what one of my good friends had to say regarding this: “Him has made enough music to merit a Greatest Hits album. Try and wrap your head around that.” Agreed. I thought we were Finnished with this (see what we did there?).


Graveyard, Lights Out (Nuclear Blast) #196 2,100 sold

An impressive first week for the Swedish heavy rock crew.


Geoff Tate, Kings & Thieves (Inside Out) 1,850 sold

It’s Geoff Tate’s first solo album post-Queensryche, who have released a trailer for their upcoming album as well. We’ll have to wait and see how Queensryche do without Tate saleswise.


Doro, Raise Your Fist (Nuclear Blast) 580 sold

Looks like most record buyers raised their shoulders and shrugged.


Corrosion of Conformity, Eye For An Eye (Candlelight) 410 sold

COC reissued their debut album AND gave away a free EP this past week.


Notable Sales

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night) (Lava) #26, 16,700 sold

How do you know it’s the holiday season? TSO has a new release in the top 30. And seeing how the EP only experiences a 48% decrease in its second week, it’s likely going to stick around for a little while.


Flyleaf, New Horizons (A&M/Octone) #49, 7,600 sold

A 62% decrease in sales after two weeks for the group’s last album with vocalist Lacey Sturm.


Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones (Roadrunner) #56, 6,850 sold

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but a 34% decrease in sales is enough to kick Stone Sour out of the top 50. Gold? This won’t be doing that for a while.


KISS, Monster (UMe) #72, 5,400 sold

After five weeks, KISS has sold 94,900 copies of their latest album. That’s good for KISS, even if Gene Simmons thinks that anyone that downloads music is a thief.


Rock of Ages, Soundtrack (WaterTower Music) #76, 5,200 sold

Fun fact: TWO bands covered on this soundtrack now have Las Vegas residencies.


Dethklok, Dethalbum III (Williams Street) #105, 4,100 sold

Looks like Dethklok will be playing a few dates without Machine Head.


Parkway Drive, Atlas (Epitaph) #108, 3,900 sold

After debuting right outside the top 30, the Australian metalcore group get kicked out of the top 100 after two weeks thanks to a 70% decrease.


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #115, 3,650 sold

A 3% increase in sales keep the group in the top 200 at this moment.


Black Country Communion, Afterglow (J&R Adventures) #141, 3,050 sold

After a top 50 debut, this supergroup falls 64%


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #155, 2,750 sold

A strange case of… DAMN IT, we already made that joke! Hard to keep up with fresh material after 31 weeks (yup, that’s how long this album has been in the top 200).


The Sword, Apocryphon (Razor & Tie) #162, 2,600 sold

This has sold 23,000 copies in three weeks, which is probably more than some of their albums sold in their first year.


Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist (Prospect Park) #167, 2,450 sold

57 weeks on the charts… proof that capitalism works?


Coheed And Cambria, The Afterman: Ascension (Hundred Handed) #169, 2,400 sold

More like descension, but after five weeks, Coheed And Cambria are still hanging in there.


As I Lay Dying, Awakened (Metal Blade) #159, 2,300 sold

Looks like As I Lay Dying have new tourmates.


Papa Roach, The Connection (Eleven Seven Music) #194 2,100 sold

After six weeks, Papa Roach find themselves six spots away from exiting the top 200 for good.


Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) 2,050 sold

This album sold more in it’s 108th week on the charts than Geoff Tate did in his first.


Neurosis, Honor Found In Decay (Neurot) 810 sold

A modest 55% decrease in sales for the sludge metal legends during week two.


Pig Destroyer, Book Burner (Relapse) 790 sold

Didn’t take long for the group to re-sign with Relapse Records.


Wintersun, Time I (Nuclear Blast) 1,100 sold

Time continues to run out for Wintersun on the charts.


Upon This Dawning, To Keep Us Safe (Fearless) 610 sold

This band is also featured on this week’s #16 album,, Punk Goes Pop Volume 5. Yeah, they cover “Call Me Maybe.”


Texas In July, Texas In July, (Equal Vision) 600 sold

This has sold about 6,300 in five weeks, which is pretty solid.


In Fear & Faith, In Fear And Faith (Rise) 560 sold

Fun fact: The band’s name comes from a Circa Survive song.


Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 440 sold

A solid 17% increase for a band that’s been on the charts for over half a year.


T&N, Slave To The Empire (Rat Pak) 470 sold

Still rokken like three quarters of Dokken.


Witchcraft, Legend (Nuclear Blast) 440 sold

Wonder if this band always has less sales in the weeks following Halloween.


The Devin Townsend Project, Epicloud (HevyDevy) 410 sold

A boost in sales times perfectly with HevyDevy’s completed video for “Lucky Animals”.


This Or The Apocalypse, Dead Years (eOne Music)  350 sold

I’ll always take this over the apocalypse.


Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Danza IIII: The Alpha – The Omega (Black Market Activities) 340 sold

True story: A Metal Insider staffer met Tony Danza in New Jersey during Hands Across America.


Texas Hippie Coalition, Peacemaker (Carved) 360 sold

Creeping up towards 10,000 sold, which is pretty solid