Metal By Numbers 1/7: Happy(ish) New Year

Posted by on January 7, 2016

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

The metal world seems to be starting off 2016 in an odd place, and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you why. As such, there isn’t much in the way of new music yet to carry us out of this funk and kickstart the new year. This has pretty much always been the case in years past, but it doesn’t make us any more used to the fact that we’re all basically floating in space until something comes along. Luckily, as you can see from this list, we’re not far off from some of the most anticipated albums of 2016. I’d go so far as to say that January 2016 will the best start to the new year metal has had in a long time. Until then, sit tight. Things will get rolling soon.

Notable Debuts:

Baroness, Purple (Abraxan Hyms) #102, 4,000 sold

Baroness’s latest album debuted last week at #44 with 17,400 sold.


Notable Sales:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Letters From The Labyrinth (Republic) #49, 8,500 sold

A 55% drop isn’t enough to keep this out of the top 50.


Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #56, 7,425 sold

Over 280,000 sold.


Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #60, 7,200 sold

A 40% drop with just under 235,000 sold.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #70, 6,100 sold

A 29% boost to just under 120,000 sold.


Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner) #71, 6,025 sold

This got boosted back up last week and again this week by 15%.


Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #95, 4,900 sold

Over 150,000 sold.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #87, 4,725 sold

Over 300,000 sold.


Rush, R40 Live (Rounder)#150, 2,425 sold

A 70% drop just ain’t working, man.


Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG) #157, 2,300 sold

Just under 150,000 sold


Motörhead, Bad Magic (UDR) #165, 2,175 sold

Not surprisingly, Motörhead’s final album had experienced a surge in sales (god that was a weird sentence to write).


Slayer, Repentless (Nuclear Blast) #175, 2,050 sold

This is back on the charts and is still a few weeks away from the 100,000 mark.


Clutch, Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker) #177, 2,025 sold

This has also made its way back to the charts.


Def Leppard, Def Leppard (Mailboat) #185, 1,925 sold

A 64% drop is defening.


Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless) 840 sold

This drops by 12%.


Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless) 600 sold

A slight drop of 11%.


Get Scared, Demons (Fearless) 375 sold

This got boosted back up by 44%.


Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, The Night Creeper (Rise Above) 360 sold

This has also made its way back up with over 10,000 sold.


Intronaut, The Direction of Last Things (Century Media) 330 sold

A small 4% boost.


Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 310 sold

This got boosted back onto the charts.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 270 sold

A 13% drop.


Intervals, The Shape of Color (Self-Released) 260 sold

This dropped off a week after its debut, but now its back.


Scale The Summit, V (Prosthetic) 260 sold

A 29% boost brings this back up.


The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick) 240 sold

This sold the same amount as it did the last week.


Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 240 sold

Fired up over a 30% drop.


Nile, What Should Not Be Unearthed (Nuclear Blast) 210 sold

Still picking up sales despite an 8% drop.


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