Metal By Numbers 12/14: Warner Bros. has a top debut?

Posted by on December 14, 2016


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

This week’s top debut is odd for a few reasons. First of all, it’s a big name release coming out in the middle of the December, which doesn’t happen often. Second, said release didn’t have particularly high debut compared to the rest of the band’s discography. And third, this is an album that said band may actually thank their fans for not buying. I’m talking of course about the new Avenged Sevenfold compilation album, released by the band’s former label Warner Bros. and the subject of a potential legal battle. The compilation comes only six weeks after the band’s surprise LP The Stage, and they have declared its release an attempt to undermine the sales of the new album. Whenever this case goes to trial (if it does at all), it could mean big changes for the music industry.


Notable Debuts:

Avenged Sevenfold, The Best of 2005-2013 (Warner Bros.)
Debut #135
2,550 sold

The controversial compilation album released by Warner Bros doesn’t have quite the debut you’d expect from something with the Avenged Sevenfold moniker. I’m sure all those one star reviews on Amazon won’t help either.




Hollow Earth - Dead PlanetHollow Earth, Dead Planet (Good Fight)
330 sold

The latest LP from this Detroit band.







Crystal Lake - True NorthCrystal Lake, True North (Artery)
450 sold

This is the fourth album from this Japanese band.






the-anchorThe Anchor, A World Ahead (Self-Released)
250 sold

This is the debut album from this Denver metalcore act.





Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#8 (from 3)
41,000 sold

Metallica are still in the top 10 and are closing in on the 400,000 mark.





trans-siberian-orchestraTrans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
#29 (from 34)
12,800 sold

A 13% boost with over 80,000 sold.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#59 (from 48)
6,450 sold

A 22% drop for the album A7X actually want you to buy.





disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#116 (from 99)
3,225 sold

A 12% drop with nearly 520,000 sold.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#123 (from 77)
3,025 sold

A 39% drop with just under 90,000 sold.






skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#124 (from 63)
3,025 sold

A 51% drop.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#141 (from 139)
2,225 sold

Got your 6% boost. I actually haven’t gotten to use that pun much in the 66 weeks this has been on the charts.





sixx-amSixx:A.M., Prayers for the Blessed Vol. 2 (Eleven Seven)
#143 (from 104)
2,300 sold

A 31% drop





highlysuspectboywhocriedcdHighly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#155 (from 138)

A tiny 5% drop with over 20,000 sold





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#156 (from 146)
2,100 sold

The smallest 1% drop.





shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#179 (from 195)
1,775 sold

A 15% boost.






prettyrecklesswhoyousellingcd_0The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
#195 (from 150)
1,625 sold

A 23% drop may reck everything.






darktranquillityatomacdDark Tranquillity, Atoma (Century Media)
370 sold

A slight drop of 3%.






geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
350 sold

A huge 85% boost. Looks like this is going to play the long game just like its predecessor.



invent animateInvent, Animate, Stillworld (Tragic Hero)
32o sold

Yet again this pops up on the charts.






amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
300 sold

A nice boost of 38%.






epicaholographicEpica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
280 sold

A 23% drop with nearly 9,000 sold after 10 weeks.






glennhughesresonatecdGlenn Hughes, Resonate (Frontiers)
270 sold

Turned up to an 11% boost.






Ice Nine KillsIce Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
260 sold

A small 8% drop after last week’s surge.






starkillStarkill, Shadow Sleep (Prosthetic)
230 sold

A 49% boost brings this up after dropping off last week.






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

This also gets boosted up again by 30%.

hammerfallHammerfall, Built to Last (Napalm)
230 sold

A 10% drop.






Sonata Arctica - The Ninth HourSonata Arctica, The Ninth Hour (Nuclear Blast)
200 sold

Touring boosts this back up.

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