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

Good lord, when I said that this week would be more hefty compared to last week I didn’t expect every band under the sun to put out an album. No really, there’s something for everyone here and if you think otherwise then I don’t know what to tell you. There’s Christian metal, metalcore, deathcore, sludge, a “supergroup” for those who live for 80’s summer tours, a band from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal…the list goes on. You’ve got a lot to look through, and half that time will be spend wondering how over 135,000 people were anxiously awaiting Kid Rock’s now album. So I won’t keep you any longer.


Notable Debuts: 

Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #2, 136,775 sold

In case you were wondering, Kid Rock is still pretty popular as far as sales are concerned.


Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #10, 35,000 sold

The band’s fifth album has a sold top 10 debut even though it doesn’t manage to outdo its predecessor.


Falling In Reverse, Just Like You (Epitaph) #13, 24,375 sold

This is the band’s highest charting album yet. Now just try and look past how they ripped off The Rolling Stones’s logo as well as the crotch-shot album cover from Sticky Fingers Revisited.


All That Remains, The Order of Things (Razor & Tie) #15, 19,150 sold

Is it better than A War You Cannot Win? That’s up to you, but it didn’t sell as much.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force: Full Circle (Rise) #40, 7,115 sold

This is the deluxe edition of Of Mice & Men’s third album that came out over a year ago.


Torche, Restarter (Relapse) #56, 5,025 sold

Torche land their biggest debut yet with album number four. Who says sludge metal can’t sell records?


Rob Zombie, Spookshow International Live (UMe) #59, 4,825 sold

This is Rob Zombie’s second live album and another studio album is on the way.


Revolution Saints, Revolution Saints (Frontiers) #84, 3,800 sold

This supergroup features current and former members of Night Ranger, Whitesnake, and Journey.


Oceans Ate Alaska, Lost Isles (Fearless) #89, 3,700 sold

This Birmingham metalcore act gets pretty good start for their debut album.


Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 3,500 sold

Here’s the actual debut numbers for the band’s third studio album.


Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct (Nuclear Blast) #118, 2,800 sold

This is the second album from the band made up of members of Thin Lizzy.


Ensiferum, One Man Army (Metal Blade) #167, 1,950 sold

The band’s first release on Metal Blade sees a solid debut.


The Agonist, Eye of Providence (Century Media) 1,275 sold

A good start for the band’s fourth album and first with vocalist Vicky Psarakis.


Make Do And Mend, Don’t Be Long (Rise) 550 sold

This is the third studio release from this post-hardcore act.


Saxon, Heavy Metal Thunder (UDR) 290 sold

This greatest hits compilation now includes a bonus disc of the band’s set at Bloodstock 2014.


Traitors, The Hate Campaign (Self-Released) 250 sold

The debut release from this Florida deathcore act.



Notable Sales:

AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #42, 6,775 sold

A 16% drop, but it’s not far off from gold.


Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) #66, 4,310 sold

This guy has a pretty cool dad in case you didn’t know.


Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #97, 3,450 sold

This sold the same amount as last week, and should cross 300,000 sold next week.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #125, 2,625 sold

Over 440,000 sold.


Papa Roach, F.E.A.R. (Eleven Seven) #143, 2,325 sold

Over 40,000 copies sold.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #156, 2,125 sold

A slight boost of 7%


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #185, 1,750 sold

This has risen back up by 7%.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #196, 1,625 sold

This gets bumped back up from Hell after dropping off last week. It’s sold over 150,000.


Blind Guardian, Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast) 770 sold

A 23% drop.


36 Crazyfists, Time and Trauma (Spinefarm) 740 sold

This takes a big second-week drop of 79%.


Napalm Death, Apex Predator – Easy Meat (Century Media) 660 sold

A 10% drop.


Ice Nine Kills, The Predator Becomes the Prey (Outerloop) 430 sold

The band’s tour with Motionless In White has given this a boost.


Erra, Moment of Clarity (Sumerian) 380 sold

This sees yet another boost of 34%.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 340 sold

This sells about the same amount as last week, bringing it over 13,000 sold.


Venom, From The Very Depths (Spinefarm) 270 sold

A boost of 17%.


Taake, Stridens Hus (Candlelight) 260 sold

The bands latest album released last December makes an appearance. I’m sure they’ll taaake it.


Marduk, Frontschwein (Century Media) 260 sold

A drop of 26%.