Metal By Numbers 2/22: Overkill grind up the charts

Posted by on February 22, 2017

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

It was heartening to see Kreator reach a high spot on the charts a few weeks back. Many metalheads will agree that while the Big Thrash Four are of high status for a reason, there are loads of other thrash bands from the 80’s who are very deserving of attention, especially considering how many of them are still putting out solid material. Enter Overkill, who have been on a hot streak since Ironbound back in 2010. In addition to being critically well-received, each record has debuted higher than the last. Their eighteenth and latest, The Grinding Wheel, debuted just shy of the top 25, a feat worthy of praise for any metal band, but even more so for an act as legendary as Overkill. The only reason they’re not the top selling metal band this week is because Metallica has an album out.


Notable Debuts:
Overkill, The Grinding Wheel (Nuclear Blast)
#26 (Debut)
9,000 sold
Overkill’s eighteenth studio album is the band’s new best debut, a record previously held by 2014’s White Devil Armory.
First Blood, Rules (Pure Noise)
820 sold
This is the band’s third full length in their 14 years of releasing music.
Cynic, Uroboric Forms – The Complete Demo Recordings (Century Media)
340 sold
A collection of early demos from the now defunct Cynic. And Sean Reinert isn’t too pleased about it.
Mors Principium Est, Embers of a Dying World (AFM)
300 sold
This is the sixth album from the Finnish melo-death band.






Mutiny Within, Origins (Buddy Walker)
270 sold

This is the third album from New Jersey’s Mutiny Within, their first in four years.



Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#19 (from 23)
12,850 sold

This gets a big 82% boost following the band’s performance on the Grammys.





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Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#78 (from 73)
2,850 sold

A small boost of 5%.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#89 (from 89)
2,450 sold

This holds the same chart position as last week, but it also got a 7% boost.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#98 (from 113)
2,650 sold

A nice 24% boost during the band’s North American tour.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#112 (from 137)
2,000 sold

A 32% boost sets the stage.






Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#132 (from 96)
1,725 sold

A slight drop of 4%.





AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
#145 (from 109)
1,575 sold

A drop of 18%.





Starset, Vessels (Razor & Tie)
#150 (from 122)
1,525 sold
 A 9% drop leaves some space.


ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#164 (from 153)
1,400 sold

A small boost of 5%. Not quite six, but oh well.





Black Sabbath, The Ultimate Collection (Rhino)
#169 (from 86)
1,375 sold

A 41% drop in week two.




Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP (Atlantic)
#173 (from 152)
1,325 sold

A teeny tiny drop of 1%.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#192 (from 178)
1,175 sold

A 14% boost despite dropping a few chart positions.





Kreator, Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast)
#196 (from 150)
1,175 sold
A 14% drop could get violent.

Black Star Riders, Heavy Fire (Nuclear Blast)
790 sold

A 65% drop in week two.




geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
710 sold

A 7% boost leaves you wanting mori.






Iron Reagan, Crossover Ministry (Relapse)
500 sold

A 78% drop in week two.






Palisades, Palisades (Rise)
480 sold
A boost of 2%. Way to go, pal.





Galactic Empire, Galactic Empire (Rise)
330 sold
I find the lack of sales disturbing after a 91% drop.





She Must Burn, She Must Burn (Artery)
310 sold
A 22% drop in week two.

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

A big 43% boost.






amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
280 sold

A huge 84% boost brings this way back up after slowly dropping for the past few weeks.



Dangerkids, blacklist_ (Paid Vacation)
260 sold
A 42% drop is dangerous.

Big Wreck, Grace Street (Rounder)
260 sold

A second week 83% drop.



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

After boosting by 13% last week, this dropped 13% this week.




Xandria, Theater of Dimensions (Napalm)
190 sold

A 31% drop doesn’t make good theater.


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