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

Some people think puns, like the many found on this website, are the laziest form of humor ever concocted. To those people I say…you’re no pun. Anywho, Lorna Shore is our two debut of the week, but one early-2000’s rock band left me scratching my head with not one but two debuts this week, making their way onto MBN for the first time since 2011. Also, if you’re wondering where Disturbed went, I can tell you: we follow Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart, which doesn’t include albums that have been out for eighteen months. Last week, Immortalized hit that mark. That’s a pretty impressive feat for an album to disappear from the chart solely because “it’s been out long enough.”

Notable Debuts:
Lorna Shore, Flesh Coffin (Outerloop)
Debut #67
2,925 sold
NJ’s own Lorna Shore nab their best debut yet on their second LP.
Evanescence, The Ultimate Collection (Bicycle)
Debut #116
1,925 sold
This is a six LP collection from Evanescence. Granted, they only have three studio albums that I know of, but who’s counting?
Evanescence, Lost Whispers (Bicycle)
Debut #158
1,375 sold
Make that four studio albums I guess. This is a collection of rare and unreleased material.
Once Human, Evolution (earMUSIC)
Debut #176
1,200 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Danny Worsnop, The Long Road Home (Earache)
Debut #179
1,200 sold
This is the debut solo album of Danny Worsnop, former vocalist of Asking Alexandria. It’s a country album, so make your own hoedown joke.
Battle Beast, Bringer of Pain (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #196
1,100 sold
The band’s fourth album is number one in their native Finland.
Ghost Key, If I Don’t Make It (InVogue)
240 sold
The latest album from this Illinois hardcore act.



Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#23 (from 19)
10,675 sold

A 17% drop. This will soon cross the 600,000 mark, and that’s before the tour, in which everyone that buys a ticket gets a download of the album. 




Overkill, The Grinding Wheel (Nuclear Blast)
#81 (from 26)
2,500 sold
This drop by 72% in week two.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#93 (from 98)
2,300 sold

A small boost of 2%.





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

This holds the same chart position as last week and sells about the same amount.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#120 (from 90)
1,900 sold

A 23% drop.





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

This sold the same as last week.






Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#145 (from 32)
1,525 sold

Over 40,000 sold.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#154 (from 164)
1,425 sold

A teeny tiny boost of 1%.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#183 (from 192)
1,150 sold

Over 110,000 sold.





Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP (Atlantic)
#195 (from 173)
1,100 sold

Can’t cover up a 18% drop.





Starset, Vessels (Razor & Tie)
#197 (from 173)
1,100 sold
A 30% drop





Kreator, Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast)
760 sold
A 14% drop could get violent.

geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
530 sold

A 26% drop is mori than this bargained for.




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

A 38% drop is heavy.






She Must Burn, She Must Burn (Artery)
420 sold
A hot 36% boost.




Iron Reagan, Crossover Ministry (Relapse)
300 sold

A 40% drop in week two.







theagonistThe Agonist, Five (Napalm)
300 sold

This album got boosted back up after a long absence.






hailthesun_culturescarsHail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
250 sold

This got boosted back up by 40%.






amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
240 sold

A 17% drop.






Palisades, Palisades (Rise)
200 sold
A 58% drop.






Galactic Empire, Galactic Empire (Rise)
190 sold
A 42% drop? I’ve got a bad feeling about this.