Metal By Numbers 2/4: Fear of the Chart

Posted by on February 4, 2015

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

What we have for you here is the biggest list of debuts of 2015 thus far. And it’s got a couple of doozies, not least of all Periphery heading it off with a double album. There’s also a slew of newer bands making their climb up the charts with their first or second albums. Also, a lot of people like Papa Roach still? If that’s not news to you, then you probably listen to Papa Roach (which is fine). In any case, things are starting to pick up for metal a month into the new year.


Notable Debuts: 

Papa Roach, F.E.A.R. (Eleven Seven) #11, 24,425 sold

The band’s eighth album manages to outdo 2012’s The Connection on the charts.


Periphery, Juggernaut: Alpha (Sumerian) #15, 18,125 sold

Periphery nab the biggest debut of their career thus far with not one but two albums.


Periphery, Juggernaut: Omega (Sumerian) #16, 16,950 sold

The debut total for both albums is over 35,000 sold.


Napalm Death, Apex Predator – Easy Meat (Century Media) #94, 2,900 sold

Album fifteen for the grindcore outdoes the debut of 2012’s Utilitarian. NAPALM DEATH HAVE A TOP 100 ALBUM.


Venom, From The Very Depths (Spinefarm) 890 sold

This is the band’s fourteenth album, and they’ve come a long way since coining the term “black metal/”


The Body & Thou, You, Whom I Have Always Hated/Released From Love (Thrill Jockey) 790 sold

This is a collaboration LP from The Body and Thou, and features the most terrifying cover of a Nine Inch Nails song ever.


Tear Out The Heart, Dead, Everywhere (Victory) 770 sold

The second album from this metalcore band out of St. Louis.


Lord Dying, Poisoned Altars (Relapse) 510 sold

This is the sophomore effort from the sludge/doom metal outfit.


Xibalba, Tierra Y Libertad (Southern Lord) 510 sold

This is the third album from this Californian hardcore act.


Night Demon, Curse of the Damned (Century Media) 360 sold

Here’s the debut album from this old school style heavy metal band.


Dracula, Swing of Death (Frontiers) 350 sold

Yet another one of Jørn Lande’s many projects.


Visigoth, The Revenant King (Metal Blade) 350 sold

The debut album from this Salt Lake City metal act.


Level 10, Chapter One (Frontiers) 300 sold

This project is fronted by Russell Allen of Symphony X.


Blind Guardian, Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast) 290 sold

The German power metallers return with their first album in five years. This is a pretty interesting debut considering that the album wasn’t released stateside until yesterday.



Notable Sales:

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) #24, 12,275 sold

Even with a 75% drop, this has a pretty good second week.


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #41, 7,400 sold

About that drummer situation


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #71, 3,950 sold

Over 425,000 sold thus far.


Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #81, 3,575 sold

A slight boost of 3% on week 15. The album has sold over 280,000 so far.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #129, 2,400 sold

A boost of 9%.


Seether, Isolate & Medicate (The Bicycle Music Company) #183, 1,575 sold

Fun fact: this peaked at #6 in Canada.


I Prevail, Heart Vs. Mind (Self-Released) #184, 1,550 sold

Musicology Online named this band as January’s band of the month…because of “Blank Space”. Yay?


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #185, 1,550 sold

Back to back tours with Nickleback and Halestorm will keep these numbers up.


Godsmack, 1000hp (Universal Republic) #187, 1,550 sold

A tiny boost of 1%.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #196, 1,450 sold

A 13% boost brings this up after dropping off last week.


Insomnium, Shadows of the Dying Sun (Century Media) 470 sold

The band’s much-lauded effort from last year pops up on the charts again.


Sylosis, Dormant Heart (Nuclear Blast)  360 sold

This takes a tumble of 33%.


Kyng, Burn The Serum (Razor & Tie) 350 sold

This gets boosted back up thanks to both a tour with Seether and Papa Roach and the title track being free on iTunes. It brings the album up to over 10,000 sold.


Battle Beast, Unholy Savior (Nuclear Blast) 320 sold

This dropped off last week after its debut, but is back up again.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 310 sold

At week 15, this takes an 11% drop.


Melvins, Ozma/Bullhead (Boner) 300 sold

A 38% drop is such bullhead.


Antemasque, Antemasque (Nadie Sound) 300 sold

This dropped by 61%, which must be ante-climactic,


Thank You Scientist, Maps of Non-Existent Places (Evil Ink) 260 sold

Mapping a drop of 20%


Melvins, Eggnog/Lice-All (Boner) 240 sold

And 43% drop for the other one.


Islander, Violence & Destruction (Victory) 230 sold

The band has grabbed some numbers thanks to touring.


The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Soulless Hymns (Workhorse/Density) 300 sold

The last 24% drop.


Wednesday 13, Monsters of the Univers: Come Out and Plague (Wednesday 13) 320 sold

A 31% drop.


Stars In Stereo, Leave Your Mark (Hundred Handed) 220 sold

This keeps popping up and dropping off.

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