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

Some bands are long overdue for some recognition, and Kreator are one of them. Certainly they’re the most well known of the Teutonic thrash scene (which includes Sodom, Destruction, and Tankard to name a few), but if we’re at least talking from an album sales perspective, Kreator didn’t hit any notable chart positions here until Hordes of Chaos in 2009. Now they are in 2017 with a debut that eclipses all other chart performances in the US. It’s not just over here either; the new album debuted at number 1 in the band’s native Germany for the first time in their career. Das ist gud, no?


Notable Debuts:
Kreator, Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast)
#33 (Debut)
5,375 sold
The band’s fourteenth album and first in five years marks their best debut yet in the US, a feat last accomplished with Phantom Antichrist.
Dangerkids, blacklist_ (Paid Vacation)
#152 (Debut)
1,250 sold
This is the second album from this nu-metal band.
Stephen Pearcy, Smash (Frontiers)
#161 (Debut)
1,150 sold
This is the newest solo album from RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy, his first since 2008.


Xandria, Theater of Dimensions (Napalm)
#180 (Debut)
1,000 sold

Xandria’s seventh album nets them their best debut yet in the US.





Betraying the Martyrs, The Resilient (Sumerian)
830 sold

This is the third album from the band, and it didn’t debut anywhere near its predecessor.


Advent, Pain & Suffering EP (Bridge 9)
560 sold
This EP is the newly reunited band’s first release since 2009.
Hour of Penance, Cast the First Stone (Prosthetic)
340 sold
This is the seventh LP from the Italian death metal band.
The Great Old Ones, EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy (Season of Mist)
250 sold
This is the third album from the French H.P. Lovecraft themed band.
Set and Setting, Reflectionless (Self-Released)
230 sold
This is the third album from the instrumental post metal band.
Curses, Chapter I: Introspect (Imminence)
170 sold
This is the band’s debut LP.

Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#22 (from 15)
7,500 sold

A 10% drop. ICYMI: They’ll be playing with Lady Gaga at the Grammys.





AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
#58 (from 2)
3,225 sold

A drop of 89% in week two.





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Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#72 (from 80)
2,875 sold

A hefty boost of 38%. Also, another 14,000 people downloaded “The Sound of Silence”.





Starset, Vessels (Razor & Tie)
#74 (from 3)
2,675 sold
This drops 87% after an impressive top 5 debut.

I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#85 (from 67)
2,200 sold

Over 50,000 sold.





highlysuspectboywhocriedcdHighly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#96 (from 137)
1,975 sold

A big 53% boost, likely because the album is on sale on iTunes.





Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP (Atlantic)
#103 (from 66)
1,850 sold

A drop of 23%.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#107 (from 79)
1,825 sold

A 12% drop. Maybe a tour with Metallica would give this a boost?





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#109 (from 114)
1,800 sold

Cookin’ up a 21% boost.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#144 (from 135)
1,275 sold

A slight drop of 3%.





Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG)
#166 (from 169)
1,100 sold

Another boost for Maiden, this time by 18%.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#169 (from 160)
1,100 sold

A tiny boost of 3%.





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

This also gets a tiny boost of 3%.





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

Yet again, a boost of 3%.





geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
690 sold

Huge boost for the band, current on tour with Starset.






Palisades, Palisades (Rise)
570 sold
A drop of 77% in week two.




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

A 8% drop burns.






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

A second week drop of 81%





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

A 31% boost stitches things up nicely.






Aversions Crown, Xenocide (Nuclear Blast)
240 sold

An 82% drop in week two.






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

A drop of 5%.






Firewind, Immortals (AFM)
180 sold
Winds blow this down by 66% in week two.
Never Say Die, Destroy + Rebuild (Self-Released)
170 sold
A 22% drop isn’t bad for a second week.