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

Christmas is in a week, and that means children (and some adults too) are hoping against hope they’ll have a white Christmas. Of course, this all depends on where they are in the world and children in someplace like Florida aren’t likely going to get their wish, but can you blame them for hoping? Every Christmas special ever gives them the impression that if it isn’t snowing on Christmas morning, you might as well not have Christmas at all. This brings about an important lesson for children to learn about this time of year: disappointment. Give them the hard truth, remind them Satan (er, Santa) is watching so they don’t pitch a fit, then give them a metal album to cheer them up. If you need a suggestion, we’ve got a few listed below.


Notable Debuts:

Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless) #65, 7,300 sold

This is the band’s fourth album and highest charting debut yet.


Intervals, The Shape of Color (Self-Released) 2,025 sold

Intervals returns to an all instrumental style on their latest record.


SikTh, Opacities (Bieler Bros.) 820 sold

Almost a decade since their latest album, SikTh have reunited and released this new EP.


Notable Sales:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Letters From The Labyrinth (Republic) #30, 14,625 sold

This will likely hit the 100,000 mark next week.


Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #43, 10,475 sold

Another big boost of 62%, bringing this over 200,000 sold.


Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #69, 7,000 sold

Over 250,000 sold.


Rush, R40 Live (Rounder)#81, 5,800 sold

Today’s Tom Sawyer gets a 15% drop.


Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #95, 4,825 sold

A 11% drop down.


Def Leppard, Def Leppard (Mailboat) #119, 3,575 sold

A 4% drop isn’t that bad.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #130, 3,300 sold

Not long before this reaches 300,000.


Coheed and Cambria, The Color Before The Sun (300 Entertainment) #151, 2,725 sold

This gets a 67% boost back onto the charts. Hello, indeed.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #154, 2,700 sold

A 16% drop, but they still shouldn’t get their spirits down.


Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG) #169, 2,425 sold

A 10% boost to just under 140,000 sold.


Chris Cornell, Higher Truth (UMe) #196, 2,100 sold

Back on the charts after a 40% boost.


Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless) 950 sold

A 47% drop makes you feel blue.


Nekrogoblikon, Heavy Meta (Mystery Box) 300 sold

Looks like the band’s touring had earned some numbers.


Kublai Khan, New Strength (Artery) 330 sold

A second week 77% drop.


Vision of Disorder, Razed To The Ground (Candlelight) 320 sold

This drops 68% in its second week.


Intronaut, The Direction of Last Things (Century Media) 310 sold

A 37% drop in the wrong direction.


Saxon, Battering Ram (UDR) 280 sold

A 13% drop.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 220 sold

Rising by 20%.


The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick) 250 sold

This popped up after dropping off last week.


Art of Anarchy, Art of Anarchy (Century Media) 250 sold

As is wont to happen, this gets a big boost following the death of Scott Weiland.


Nile, What Should Not Be Unearthed (Nuclear Blast) 240 sold

A 12% boost should be unearthed.