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

We get a lot of bands on the charts we haven’t really heard of before, but usually they don’t break the top 200 or at least aren’t very high up. Sometimes they drop off and sometimes they climb the ranks thanks to touring, exposure, etc. And then came the charts for this week, with a nu-metal band that we would normally say nobody’s ever heard of…except for the 22,400 who went and bought the album. We would go more into this band, but our friends over at MetalSucks pretty much hit the nail on the head. So go forth and be flabbergasted by the charts for this week.


Notable Debuts:

Issues, Issues (Rise) #9, 22,400 sold

This random nu metal band (with a DJ and everything!) we’ve hardly heard of before has broken into the top ten with their debut album. Wow. Just wow.


Suicide Silence, Ending is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show (Century Media) #56, 5,550 sold

Meanwhile, the Mitch Lucker memorial show gets a solid debut ahead of Suicide Silence’s next album coming this year.


Adrenaline Mob, Men of Honor (Century Media) #88, 3,600 sold

The band’s second album is without Mike Portnoy on drums.


Cynic, Kindly Bent To Free Us (Season of Mist) #192, 1,850 sold

This marks the official debut numbers for Cynic’s latest LP.


I Killed The Prom Queen, Beloved (Epitaph) 1,725 sold

The band has reformed after 8 years for their third LP.


Skindred, Kill The Power (BMG) 1,250 sold

This is the fifth album from the Welsh reggae rockers.


Junius, Days of the Fallen Sun (Prosthetic) 670 sold

This is the band’s fourth EP of arty post-metal goodness.


Soreption, Engineering The Void (Unique Leader) 540 sold

Album number two for this Swedish tech death band.


Lionize, Jetpack Soundtrack (Weathermaker) 460 sold

A band on Clutch’s label? Yup yup.


Slough Feg, Digital Resistance (Metal Blade) 350 sold

Slough Feg is back with album number nine.


Notable Sales:

Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #55, 5,650 sold

This is just under 75,000 sold.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #63, 4,875 sold

This has now broken the 200,000 barrier. And picked up half a Golden God nomination for album of the year.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #67, 4,600 sold

Just under 425,000 sold. That’s a hail of a job. Yeah, we’re sorry.


A Day To Remember, Common Courtesy (Self-Released) #106, 3,250 sold

This is closing in on the 180,000 mark.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic), #108, 3,200 sold

At 35 weeks, this is over 237,000 sold.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #116, 2,950 sold

Next week, this will be at the 360,oo0 mark.


Crosses (†††), Crosses (†††) (Sumerian) #124, 2,850 sold

It’s a second week drop 80% for Chino and co, but it’s still a solid performance for an album that mostly features material that’s out there.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #135, 2,675 sold

Please don’t go for jumping for joy over this band on their current tour.


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #137,  2,650 sold

Over 230,000 sold in total, which is likely why they’re signed to Atlantic now.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #146, 2,450 sold

At week 45, this is only a week or so off from hitting 190,000 sold.


Behemoth, The Satanist (Metal Blade) #150, 2,400 sold

A rather evil 32% drop.



Within Temptation, Hydra (Nuclear Blast) #163, 2,300 sold

A 44% drop in week 3 still puts them over 21,000 sold.


Korn, The Paradigm Shift (Prospect Park) #190, 1,850 sold

This has reappeared on the charts in case you missed it.


Ice Nine Kills, The Predator Becomes the Prey (Outerloop) 730 sold

After missing from the charts last week, Outerloop’s first signing pops back up.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 650 sold

As expected, touring gives this a boost of 18%.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 570 sold

A small boost of 7%.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 570 sold

It takes a bit of lux to keep this going.


Transatlantic, Kaleidoscope (InsideOut) 490 sold

There always to seems to be at least one band Mike Portnoy is in or has played with on the charts.



Sunn O)))/Ulver, Terrestrials (Southern Lord) 510 sold

This sold almost exactly the same amount as last week.


Doyle, Abominator (MonsterMan) 490 sold

Apparently, some people needed to pick up Doyle’s latest album.


Abandon All Ships, Malocchio (Rise) 440 sold

A big second week drop of 65%.


Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 410 sold

Not much change for this fire.


3 Years Hollow, The Cracks (Imagen) 400 sold

A 62% drop as this one slips through the cracks.


Fit For A King, Creation/Destruction (Tooth & Nail) 350 sold

A big boost thanks to the band’s tour with For Today.


After The Burial, Wolves Within  (Sumerian) 340 sold

An 11% drop.


Devour the Day,  Time & Pressure (Fat Lady) 310 sold

A 22% drop puts this under pressure.


Butcher Babies, Goliath (Century Media) 310 sold

I can’t help but think of this classic Arrested Development moment when I think of this band.