Metal By Numbers 2/1: The charts are are star-studded

Posted by on February 1, 2017

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

Well, kind of. There’s certainly a lot of debuts listed here list week, though the most anticipated one for the metal scene is likely Firewind’s latest album. Starset, however, is a focus here, considering how the band seems to have launched itself into the scene since they debuted three years ago. And they might have taken the top spot if not for John Mayer and AFI.


Notable Debuts:

AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
Debut #2
28,175 sold

It’s a bit of a stretch, but it is a rock debut. The band’s tenth album manages to outdo their previous release.

Starset, Vessels (Razor & Tie)
Debut #3
20,875 sold
Starset’s sophomore album easily outstrips their debut in the top 5.
Palisades, Palisades (Rise)
Debut #63
2,525 sold
The electronicore band have their best debut yet on their eponymous third album.

As Lions, Selfish Age (Better Noise)
Debut #131
1,350 sold

This is the band’s debut album, which features Austin Dickinson, son of Bruce, on vocals. Want to read about how it came together in an exclusive interview? Sure you do! 
Aversions Crown, Xenocide (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #136
1,325 sold
The Australian deathcore band’s third full length album throws some sales on the barbie and gives us an opportunity to make a lame Australia joke.
Firewind, Immortals (AFM)
530 sold
The band’s eighth album is also a concept album.
Uniform, Wake in Fright (Sacred Bones)
350 sold
This is the second LP from this NY duo.
Never Say Die, Destroy + Rebuild (Self-Released)
220 sold
No, not the Sabbath album. This is the band’s debut LP.
Emptiness, Not for Music (Season of Mist)
160 sold
This is the fifth album from this Belgian death/black metal band.
Hi Tech Hate, The American Way (Exit 12)
160 sold
No, not the Fear Factory song. This is the band’s debut LP.




Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#15 (from 12)
7,925 sold

A drop of 14%, but you wouldn’t know it. It’s still the tenth biggest- selling album of 2017 so far.





Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP (Atlantic)
#66 (from 39)
2,400 sold

A 38% drop hales down.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#67 (from 111)
2,325 sold

A huge boost of 40% ahead of the band’s headlining tour.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#79 (from 68)
2,075 sold

Just under 155,000 sold.





disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#80 (from 78)
2,075 sold

A 4% boost at week 75.






skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#111 (from 114)
1,475 sold

A slight 8% drop.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#135 (from 123)
1,325 sold

A drop of 9% after boosting 9% last week.





highlysuspectboywhocriedcdHighly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#137 (from 129)
1,300 sold

A wolfing down a 3% drop.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#160 (from 144)
1,075 sold

Suffering a drop of 9%.





Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG)
#169 (re-entry)
940 sold

Looks like people are getting hyped about the band’s second US leg. And I don’t blame them; Up the Irons!




shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#172 (from 160)
930 sold

A 10% drop down.




Code Orange, Forever (Roadrunner)
#176 (from 52)
900 sold
A steep second week 72% drop. But hey, they’re one of Rolling Stone’s 10 artists you need to know this month (and referenced our interview in the article!)

thousandfootkrutch_exhaleThousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
#181 (193)
880 sold

Another small boost of 6%.





volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#184 (from 181)
860 sold

A 3% increase won’t seal the deal, but they keep boogieing on.






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

The letter of the day is “D”, as in “drop of 5%.”






Pain of Salvation, In the Passing Light of Day (InsideOut Music)
210 sold

A 74% second week drop.






geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
210 sold

A small boost of 8%.





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

This stalwart album only takes the tiniest 1% drop.





Grave Digger, Healed by Metal (Napalm)
200 sold

A drop of 58% in week two.






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

This dropped off last week, but it got boosted back up.






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

A drop of 21%.






through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
150 sold

This sells the same as last week.





Gone Is Gone, Echolocation (Rise)
140 sold
Might need to locate some sales after a 57% drop.





amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
140 sold

This may finally drop off after a 33% drop.


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