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

Ha, Metallica jokes. But really, our top debut for the week isn’t Metallica, but rather a band that I wasn’t aware kept making music after 1998. Or at least no one even told me. Other debuts include two solid first LP debuts, one from Relapse and another that was self-released. Also, remember when Babymetal was the top debut last week? Looks like they’re not going away.


Notable Debuts:

Fuel, Puppet Strings (Megaforce) #72, 4,500 sold

I had no idea Fuel was still making music, though it turns out they’re newly reformed. It also turns that none of the band members playing on this album played on the bands previous album back in 2007.


Carnifex, Die Without Hope (Nuclear Blast) #87, 3,675 sold

The band’s fifth album marks their return from a hiatus.


Nothing, Guilty of Everything (Relapse) #155, 2,325

This shoegazing band has a pretty good debut for their first LP.


Comeback Kid, Die Knowing (Victory) #161, 2,275 sold

The band make a comeback to the charts as their fifth album outdoes their previous album’s debut.


Intervals, A Voice Within (Self-Released) #189, 1,825 sold

For a self-released first LP, this isn’t a bad debut.


The Overseer, Rest and Let Go (Solid State) 720 sold

I don’t know anything about these guys except that they’re from Arkansas and the last noteworthy rock band to come from that state was Evanescence (and yes, they were considered noteworthy at one point).


Notable Sales:

30 Seconds To Mars, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (Virgin) #25, 13,550 sold

Is this back on the charts because Jared Leto won an Oscar?


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #73, 4,450 sold

Yup, still selling.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #73, 4,150 sold

Looks like Avenged Sevenfold is basically confirmed as a Mayhem headliner at this point.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #79, 3,925 sold

Losing a bit of force with a 12% drop.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic), #127, 2,175 sold

A boost of 27% brings this closer to the 250,000 mark.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #128, 2,725 sold

Yup, also still selling.


Issues, Issues (Rise) #129, 2,675 sold

If you’ve got an issue, here’s a tissue.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #131, 2,650 sold

These guys will head on the road with Trivium in less than a month.


A Day To Remember, Common Courtesy (Self-Released) #134, 2,625 sold

This will soon be over 185,000 sold


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) #150 2,0400 sold

So not only did this top the charts last week, but now it avoids a second week drop and instead rockets to #150? The takeover has begun.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #154, 2,350 sold

Nearly over 170,000 sold.


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #159,  2,275 sold

Bloody hell, an 8% drop.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 740 sold

A 21% boost for the album that continues to nab sales.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 720 sold

This sold the same amount this week as it did last week.


Cynic, Kindly Bent To Free Us (Season of Mist) 500 sold

Another drop this week of 25%.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 480 sold

A tiny boost of 3%.


Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 420 sold

Another tiny boost of 3%.


Junius, Days of the Fallen Sun (Prosthetic) 400 sold

This was missing last week but has since reappeared.


After The Burial, Wolves Within  (Sumerian) 370 sold

Looks like the band’s tour with Animals As Leaders is to thank for a 19% boost.


Ice Nine Kills, The Predator Becomes the Prey (Outerloop) 360 sold

I honestly thought this was a rap group when I first saw the name.


I Killed The Prom Queen, Beloved (Epitaph) 340 sold

These Aussies drop 18%.


Russian Circles, Memorial (Sargent House) 330 sold

There’s a British indie band call The Crimea. Think they’d make a good opener for Russian Circles?


Fit For A King, Creation/Destruction (Tooth & Nail) 320 sold

A drop in 29% is not fit for a king.


Eyes Set To Kill, Masks (Century Media) 280 sold

Looks like this is back thanks to the Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour.


Transatlantic, Kaleidoscope (InsideOut) 490 sold

This reappears on the charts after a 10% boost.