Metal By Numbers 2/15: The charts went to see a Star War

Posted by on February 15, 2017

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

It’s not every day you find a metal band dedicated to playing select pieces from John Williams’ legendary score with Darth Vader on guitar. But that’s what Galactic Empire is, and the fact that they’re our top debut of the week pleases me as both a metalhead and Star Wars fan. Other notable debuts include some band from Birmingham, England, Black Star Riders, and Iron Reagan among others.


Notable Debuts:
Galactic Empire, Galactic Empire (Rise)
#49 (Debut)
3,825 sold
The Force is strong with this one with a top 50 debut.

Black Sabbath, The Ultimate Collection (Rhino)
#86 (Debut)
2,325 sold

Apparently just under 2,500 people needed yet another Black Sabbath compilation.





Black Star Riders, Heavy Fire (Nuclear Blast)
#91 (Debut)
2,275 sold

The band’s third album charts higher, sells lower than its predecessor.





Iron Reagan, Crossover Ministry (Relapse)
2,250 sold

The crossover thrash act lands its best debut yet with album three. The band’s probably psyched, but the neighbors are not.





Big Wreck, Grace Street (Rounder)
#134 (Debut)
1,550 sold

This is the band’s fifth album. It’s number 5 in Canada.




Final Drive, Dig Deeper (Self-Released)
#198 (Debut)
920 sold

The latest album from the Southern groove metal band. Did our video premiere help things? We wanna think so!

Afterlife, Vicious Cycle (Stay Sick)
810 sold
This is the band’s debut EP.
Soen, Lykaia (UDR)
670 sold
This is the band’s third album.
 She Must Burn, She Must Burn (Artery)
400 sold
This is the band’s debut EP, coming a month ahead of their debut album.


Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#23 (from 22)
7,075 sold

A 6% drop. Meanwhile, the band’s “fifth member” got a huge boost from the Super Bowl and sold 50k this week.





disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#73 (from 72)
2,725 sold

Just under 550,000 sold.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#89 (from 85)
2,300 sold

A slight boost of 5%.





AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
#109 (from 58)
1,925 sold

A bloody drop of 40%.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#113 (from 109)
1,825 sold

Just under 165,000 sold.





highlysuspectboywhocriedcdHighly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#96 (from 114)
1,800 sold

Just under 40,000 sold.





Starset, Vessels (Razor & Tie)
#122 (from 74)
1,700 sold
Set on a 37% drop.

avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#137 (from 107)
1,525 sold

Just under 160,000 sold.





Kreator, Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast)
#150 (from 33)
1,350 sold
A 75% drop in week two.


Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP (Atlantic)
#152 (from 103)
1,350 sold

A drop of 28%.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#153 (from 144)
1,325 sold

A small boost of 4%.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#178 (from 168)
1,025 sold

Just under 110,000 sold.





shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#193 (from 187)
950 sold

This sells roughly the same as last week.





geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
670 sold

A small drop of 3%.






Palisades, Palisades (Rise)
460 sold
A drop of 18%.





Dangerkids, blacklist_ (Paid Vacation)
450 sold
A 64% drop in week two.

Betraying the Martyrs, The Resilient (Sumerian)
380 sold


A 55% drop in week two.
Stephen Pearcy, Smash (Frontiers)
380 sold
This also takes a second week drop of 67%.






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

A boost of 13%.






Xandria, Theater of Dimensions (Napalm)
270 sold

A 73% drop in week two.






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

A 21% drop burns.






As Lions, Selfish Age (Better Noise)
170 sold

A 36% drop doesn’t age well.






amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
150 sold

This pops up again after dropping off last week.






through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
150 sold

This also pops up again to breathe.



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