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

Like last week, the final week of MBN for January involves five new debuts and continues what looks to be a steady stream of albums for the early part of 2016. The really heavy hitters (Megadeth, Dream Theater) will be coming soon, but why wait till then to find your first favorite album of the year? All you have to do is reach out to YouTube (or Bandcamp) and take it. So get on that.


Notable Debuts:

Witchcraft, Nucleus (Nuclear Blast) #105, 2,100 sold

Witchcraft’s fifth album lands them their best debut yet.


Steven Wilson, 4 1/2 (Kscope) #172, 1,325 sold

Wilson’s new EP comes a year after the release of his fourth solo studio album.


Lycus, Chasm (Relapse) 500 sold

This is the second album from this funeral doom band.


Aborted, Termination Redux (Century Media) 300 sold

This new EP marks Aborted’s 20th anniversary.


Bloodiest, Bloodiest (Relapse) 230 sold

Described as metal/classical on Facebook, this is the band’s second release.



Notable Sales:

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #45, 5,125 sold

Sitting at just under 250,000 sold.


Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #64, 3,550 sold

After 20 weeks, this is only a few weeks away from 300,000 sold.


Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #77, 2,950 sold

Another big boost of 90% brings this up.


Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #83, 2,575 sold

A small boost of 4%.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Letters From The Labyrinth (Republic) #111, 1,975 sold

A slight boost of 12% after 10 weeks on.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #114, 1,850 sold

This is in the same chart position as last week and has spent 30 weeks on.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #135, 1,725 sold

An 8% drop with just under 125,000 sold.


Deafheaven, New Bermuda (ANTI-) #153, 1,450 sold

Looks like the band’s opening slot for Lamb of God and Anthrax has racked up some numbers. In fact, it outsold Lamb of God this week.


Baroness, Purple (Abraxan Hyms) #195, 1,100 sold

A 40% drop.


Exmortus, Ride Forth (Prosthetic) 400 sold

This rides to a 59% drop.


Ignite, A War Against You (Century Media) 300 sold

A 76% drop in week two.


Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless) 300 sold

This sold about the same as last week.


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

This takes a drop of 42%.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 300 sold

A slight boost of 7%.


All Them Witches, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (New West) 250 sold

A 67% boost thanks to the band’s current tour.


Cauldron, In Ruin (The End) 200 sold

Only a 17% drop in week two.


Metal Allegiance, Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast) 200 sold

This sold the same as last week.


Intronaut, The Direction of Last Things (Century Media) 200 sold

This also sold the same as last week.