Metal By Numbers 1/18: Debuts reanimate the charts

Posted by on January 18, 2017

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

This is more like the Metal By Numbers you’re used to seeing, now that albums are actually coming out. They’re noteworthy ones too, featuring everything from a covers EP to a album to a debut from a yet another new supergroup featuring a member of Mastodon. As always, you can check out what’s coming out this week and, by extension, what sales you’ll see here next week on our New & Noteworthy column, which has has been taken over by D. Zachary Fehl.


Notable Debuts:
Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP (Atlantic)
Debut #5
15,100 sold

Halestorm always pulls big numbers, but it’s still impressive to see an EP of covers landing in the top 5.


Ice Nine Kills, Safe is Just a Shadow (Re-shadowed and Re-recorded) (Self-Released)
Debut #42
3,350 sold

A top 50 debut is pretty good for a self-rerelease of the band’s sophomore album.





Nightwish, Vehicle of Spirit (Live at Wembley) (Nuclear Blast)
1,500 sold

This is the band’s fifth live album and features two shows from their most recent tour.

Gone Is Gone, Echolocation (Rise)
Debut #128
1,300 sold
It’s a solid debut for the Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, and At the Drive-In supergroup. It’s not quite Mastodon numbers, or QOTSA numbers, but not bad. 
Alluvial, The Deep Longing For Annihilation (Self-Released)
670 sold
This is a new project featuring Keith Morrow (Conquering Dystopia) and Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless).
Chasing Safety, Nomad (Outerloop)
400 sold
This is the second album from this metalcore band.
No Resolve, Unity (Self-Released)
200 sold
This is the band’s debut album.

Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#10 (from 11)
10,125 sold

This is back in the top 10 after dropping out last week. It’s over 540,000 sold, and two weeks in is also the tenth-biggest seller of 2017.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#58 (from 56)
2,450 sold

Over 150,000 copies sold.





Nine Inch Nails, Not the Actual Events (The Null Corporation)
#81 (from 59)
1,900 sold

An actual 45% drop.





disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#86 (from 85)
1,825 sold

A 27% drop.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#87 (from 68)
1,775 sold

A 43% drop. This could pick up with tour numbers next month.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#101 (from 95)
1,600 sold

This is still prevailing after a 27% drop.





highlysuspectboywhocriedcdHighly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#109 (from 111)
1,475 sold

Over 30,000 sold and a Grammy nomination. Not too shabby.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#121 (from 98)
1,325 sold

A 37% drop with over 430,000 sold.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#124 (from 96)
1,325 sold

This suffered a 43% drop.





shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#159 (from 149)
930 sold

A 29% drop.


volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#166 (from 183)
880 sold

Over 125,000 sold.





prettyrecklesswhoyousellingcd_0The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
#200 (from #134)
740 sold

A steep 53% drop. That’s not pretty.





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

A small boost of 4%.



geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
240 sold

A tiny 2% drop.






Zao, The Well-Intentioned Virus (Observed/Observer)
230 sold

I must have missed when when it debuted about a month ago.






stitchedupheartStitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
220 sold

A big boost from touring.





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

This got a 21% boost from the same tour.






glennhughesresonatecdGlenn Hughes, Resonate (Frontiers)
200 sold

A small 4% boost.






amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
180 sold

A 10% drop.






epicaholographicEpica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
160 sold

A tiny 2% boost.






through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
150 sold

Strangled by a 22% drop.






Dirkschneider, Live – Back to the Roots (AFM)
150 sold

Udo’s live album got boosted up by 97%.






alcestkodamaAlcest, Kodama (Prophecy)
140 sold

A 22% drop.






Wage_War_-_BlueprintsWage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
140 sold

This dropped off last week, then got boost up by 1%.

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