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

I don’t know about you, but it makes me happy to see bands with long praiseworthy careers making more of an impact in terms of sales. Sure, record sales aren’t the key to a great band, but when you have an awesome group like Enslaved that’s been around for over two decades finally making a solid debut in the US, it’s a good feeling. Plenty more groups have seen debuts this week, including…rap metal? Oh boy, here comes the hate train.

Notable Debuts: 

Enslaved, In Times (Nuclear Blast) #105, 2,950 sold

The band’s thirteenth studio album makes a solid debut.


Motor Sister, Ride (Metal Blade) #163, 1,800 sold

The debut album from a supergroup that includes Scott Ian and his wife Pearl Aday gets a good start. Read an interview with them here.


Harm’s Way, Rust (Deathwish) 1,425 sold

The band’s third album and first on Deathwish debuts. They’ll need all the sales they can get after having their money stolen.


Melechesh, Enki (Nuclear Blast) 880 sold

The band’s fifth album is their first in five years.


Psycroptic, Psycroptic (Prosthetic) 650 sold

The band’s self-titled sixth album gets started on the charts.


Uli Jon Roth, Scorpions Revisited (UDR) 610 sold

The former Scorpions guitarist revisits his favorite from the band’s catalogue.


Cancer Bats, Searching For Zero (Metal Blade) 440 sold

The band’s fifth album certainly sold more than zero in its first week.


From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 340 sold

I thought this was some new metalcore band, but it turns out they’re rap metal. I guess I should have known since their name isn’t some variation of “Verb the Noun.”



Notable Sales:


Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #13, 19,825 sold

A 40% drop, but it’s almost over the 200,000 already.


Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #57, 4,900 sold

A 37% drop with nearly 50,000 sold.


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #60, 5,700 sold

The band officially has another gold album under their belt.


Falling In Reverse, Just Like You (Epitaph) #69, 4,050 sold

Just like a 38% drop.


Steven Wilson, Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) #80, 3,675 sold

This was handed a second week drop of 70%.


Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) #82, 3,550 sold

A slight drop of 12%.


All That Remains, The Order of Things (Razor & Tie) #94, 3,200 sold

Who ordered the 36% drop?


Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #97, 3,150 sold

This will likely still be going when the band heads on tour at the end of next month.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #118, 2,525 sold

A few weeks away from the 450,000 mark.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #157, 1,900 sold

This sold nearly the same amount as last week.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #158, 1,900 sold

This also sold almost the same as last week.


Papa Roach, F.E.A.R. (Eleven Seven) #165, 1,800 sold

A drop of 12%.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #169, 1,775 sold

This continues to rise and fall off the charts.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force: Full Circle (Rise) #194, 1,550 sold

A 16% drop.


Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct (Nuclear Blast) 970 sold

Riding a drop of 24%.


Sons of Texas, Baptized In The Rio Grande (Razor & Tie) 780 sold

A drop of 66%, son.


Revolution Saints, Revolution Saints (Frontiers) 770 sold

Another 35% drop this week.


Torche, Restarter (Relapse) 740 sold

This could use a restart in sales after a 33% drop.


Blind Guardian, Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast) 690 sold

Reflecting on a 4% drop.


Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 580 sold

This fire is still sleepy due to a 42% drop.


Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 460 sold

The band’s tour with Norma Jean has bumped up sales for this album.


Ensiferum, One Man Army (Metal Blade) 450 sold

Armed with a 40% drop.


Oceans Ate Alaska, Lost Isles (Fearless) 440 sold

Eaten away by a 31% drop.


Leviathan, Scar Sighted (Profound Lore) 430 sold

Scarred by a second week 61% drop.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 350 sold

A slight boost of 8%.


Crobot, Something Supernatural (Wind-Up) 300 sold

Sadly, none of the band members are named Sam or Dean.


Antemasque, Antemasque (Nadie Sound) 300 sold

Hard to masque a 38% drop.


36 Crazyfists, Time and Trauma (Spinefarm) 300 sold

A traumatic drop of 25%.


Ice Nine Kills, The Predator Becomes the Prey (Outerloop) 290 sold

Slight drop of 9%.


Napalm Death, Apex Predator – Easy Meat (Century Media) 280 sold

Another 35% drop ain’t easy