Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
As I predicted last week, Avenged Sevenfold had a strong enough second week that they remained in the top 10, and so are still the best-selling metal album on the charts. Remember how Avenged were one of the most hated bands in the metal community? Nowadays they still seem divisive but there’s less overall scorn being thrown into their direction. Maybe that’s because we have bands like Attila, who aren’t exactly loved and cherished by metalheads six albums into their career. But, like many other popular bands, that hasn’t stopped the band from getting more and more popular, especially among people who don’t normally listen to metal bands. So here they are, just below the top 10 mark on the charts. Does that rustle your jimmies? You can let us know, just be nice to your keyboard.
Attila, Chaos (Sharptone)
This is the band’s highest charting album yet, though it didn’t sell as much as its predecessor.
Wolves at the Gate, Types & Shadows (Solid State)
The band’s third album charts high than its predecessor, but doesn’t sell quite as much.
Dark Tranquillity, Atoma (Century Media)
The band’s eleventh album charted higher than its 2013 predecessor.
Glenn Hughes, Resonate (Frontiers)
This is Glenn Hughes’ first solo album since 2008.
Hammerfall, Built to Last (Napalm)
The band’s tenth album didn’t have quiet as good a debut as its previous album.
Vader, The Empire (Nuclear Blast)
Vader’s eleventh album sold a bit more than its predecessor.
Starkill, Shadow Sleep (Prosthetic)
This is the band’s third album and first on Prosthetic.
Civil War, The Last Full Measure (Napalm)
The third album from a band composed of ex-Sabaton members.
Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#8 (from 3)
After a second week drop of 77%, this is still sitting in the top 10. And at 88,000 sold, it’s already the 157th-biggest seller of 2016 in just two weeks.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
#24 (from 38)
Santa brought a boost of 9%.
Dope, Blood Money Part 1 (eOne)
#39 (from 11)
This has a better second week than most with only a 67% drop. It’s pretty amazing that these guys have that many fans that are still into the band.
Testament, Brotherhood of the Snake (Nuclear Blast)
#61 (from 9)
A 77% drop in week two. Hisssssss.
The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
#85 (from 60)
A 36% drop ain’t pretty and answers the album title’s question, kind of.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#109 (from 86)
This might need a lifeline after a 23% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#129 (from 119)
A tiny 1% boost.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#191 (from 183)
A drop of 7%.
Serpentine Dominion, Serpentine Dominion (Metal Blade)
A steep drop of 79% in week two.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
A boost for the third week in a row, this time by 21%.
Dee Snider, We Are the Ones (Twisted Sister Records)
A second week 86% drop. Guess he’s going to have to take it.
Theocracy, Ghost Ship (Ulterium)
A 78% drop in week two.
Epica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
A small boost of 8%.
Darkthrone, Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
A 21% drop.
Sonata Arctica, The Ninth Hour (Nuclear Blast)
This popped up again after a 9% boost.