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

Oh, hello. Missed you all last week. But we’re back with MBN where some things have change, some are the same. For example, Metallica are still in the top ten with Korn and Skillet following close behind. On the other hand, Metallica’s second best selling album this week was not The Black Album, but …And Justice For All, which pulled over 5,000 units this week, followed closely by Ride the Lightning. Also, a few albums have dropped off the charts, including Five Finger Death Punch’s latest, though I wouldn’t expect things to stay that way. And Obituary return to lead the back with their tenth album, which earned a top fifty debut.


Notable Debuts:

KXM, Scatterbrain (Rat Pak)
Debut #18
7,700 sold
Who knew there was such a huge appetite for this supergroup, which consists of Kings X’s Dug Pinninck, former Dokken guitarist George Lynch and Korn’s Ray Luzier? This is the follow-up to the band’s 2014 debut.


Obituary, Obituary (Relapse)
Debut #43
4,250 sold
Obituary’s self-titled album is also their highest charting album yet. Check out what we thought of it.
Fit for an Autopsy, The Great Collapse (eOne)
Debut #47
3,875 sold
The band’s fourth album marks their best debut yet. Jersey pride, y’all!
Righteous Vendetta, Cursed (Century Media)
Debut #80
2,300 sold
This is the band’s fourth album and first on Century Media.




As We Ascend, Farewell To Midnight (New Day)
910 sold

Former members of the defunct We As Human decided to take two of the three words in their original band name and start a new one. This is their debut album.





The Raven Age, Darkness Will Rise (BMG)
300 sold

This is the debut album from the metalcore band featuring George Harris, son of Iron Maiden’s own Steve Harris.





Dodecahedron, kwintessens (Season of Mist)
280 sold

This is the second album from this black/avant-garde metal band.






The Charm The Fury, Sick, Dumb & Happy (Nuclear Blast)
210 sold

This is the second LP form this Dutch band.





Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#8 (from 1)
21,850 sold

Last week, this got boosted back up to the number 1 spot.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#98 (from 197)
2,000 sold

This got a huge boost of 93% just as it was about to drop off the charts.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#104 (from 105)
1,950 sold

Over 175,000 sold.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#134 (from 131)
1,450 sold

A drop of 7%.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#154 (from 149)
1,325 sold

Just under 170,000 sold.





Emmure, Look at Yourself (Sharptone)
#165 (from 143)
1,275 sold

Last week, this dropped from its debut spot at #26 to #143.






Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#176 (from 155)
1,200 sold

A slight drop of 8%.





Havok, Conformicide (Century Media)
920 sold

Last week, this debuted with 2,850 copies sold.






Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
740 sold
An 8% drop is a real trip.





Darkest Hour, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora (Southern Lord)
720 sold
Last week, this debuted with 3,950 sold.





King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
500 sold

A 32% drop.






Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
420 sold

This pops up again with just under 20,000 sold.
Immolation, Atonement (Nuclear Blast)
390 sold
A small 9% boost.
Kreator, Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast)
380 sold
A nice 25% boost.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity (ATO)
260 sold

This reappeared on the charts last week a few spots down from the band’s new album.

katatonia-the-fall-of-hearts-300x300Katatonia, The Fall of Hearts (Peaceville)
250 sold

This gets boosted back up follow the release of the album’s tour edition.



All Them Witches, Sleeping Through the War (New West)
210 sold

An 18% drop.






through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
200 sold

An 11% drop burns.






Black Map, In Droves (eOne)
190 sold

A 41% drop. This debuted wit h






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

A 20% drop.






Six Feet Under, Torment (Metal Blade)
190 sold
A tormenting 10% drop.