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

This week, metal didn’t have a particularly strong presence on the charts in terms of big debuts or bumps in sales. But one debut shining through the rest sits firmly as one of the more, um, unorthodox metal acts you’ll ever see on the charts in addition to being the top debut of the week. In addition, some bands got tour boosts that have bumped them back up on the charts a bit, so look out for those below.


Notable Debuts:

Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 1,000 sold

Taking the top spot this week is the debut album for J-Pop metal band Babymetal. If you haven’t had the chance to experience Babymetal’s music yet…do so here so you’re prepared before they reach our shores. That can be taken as good or bad depending on your love for J-Pop.


InDirections, Clockworks (InVogue) 890 sold

I decided to look up this band and see if they happened to be another young aspiring metalcore band. I was right, although they prefer to be called post hardcore.


The Kindred, Life In Lucidity 470 sold

Formerly known as Today I Caught The Plague, this is the band’s second album and the first under their new moniker.


Notable Sales:

Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #64, 4,650 sold

At week 15, this is just under 210,000 sold.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #65, 4,500 sold

Just under 430,000 sold, In the meantime, we’re just waiting for the day we can say that “sales have increased sevenfold”.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #67, 4,475 sold

Just under 80,000 sold.


Issues, Issues (Rise) #70, 4,275 sold

A second week drop of 81%. I would make a joke about the band, but I don’t want there to be any…problems (you thought I was going to say issues).


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #113, 2,850 sold

Over 570,000 sold for both Five Finger Death Punch album if you wanted to know.


A Day To Remember, Common Courtesy (Self-Released) #119, 2,800 sold

A drop of 13% in week 13.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #134, 2,500 sold

Not much upward or downward movement going on over here…


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #138,  2,475 sold

…or here


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #144, 2,325 sold

Another week and this will be over the 190,000 mark.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic), #159, 2,175 sold

A drop of 31%, homeskillet (I don’t know why I said that).


Crosses (†††), Crosses (†††) (Sumerian) #124, 2,850 sold

A drop of 33%. And can we get some solid confirmation on that next Deftones album?


Suicide Silence, Ending is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show (Century Media) #196, 1,772 sold

A drop of 68% in the second week. Come on, do it for Kenadee.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 720 sold

A boost of 11% this week.


Cynic, Kindly Bent To Free Us (Season of Mist) #192, 660 sold

This has kindly bent to a 64% drop.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 610 sold

At week 25, this is over 15,000 sold with a 7% boost. And it’s been out for longer than that. Once again, artist development.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 460 sold

A drop of 19% as this sits just under 55,000 sold.


Fit For A King, Creation/Destruction (Tooth & Nail) 440 sold

Funny how this is getting boosts in sales and the band they’re opening for (For Today) isn’t even on here.


Skindred, Kill The Power (BMG) 430 sold

A drop of 66% kills sales.


I Killed The Prom Queen, Beloved (Epitaph) 1,725 sold

A 76% drop in week two.


Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 410 sold

No change in sales for this album. 


Ice Nine Kills, The Predator Becomes the Prey (Outerloop) 390 sold

This falls prey to a 46% drop.


Sunn O)))/Ulver, Terrestrials (Southern Lord) 370 sold

A 28% boost as Ulver pulls out of Maryland Deathfest.


Russian Circles, Memorial (Sargent House) 350 sold

This keeps running going in circles with sales as it pops up again with a 21% boost.


Beartooth, Sick (Red Bull) 340 sold

The band’s tour with Memphis May Fire seems to be getting them some attention.


Scorpion Child, Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast) 330 sold

A sudden 66% boost puts this back up the charts.


After The Burial, Wolves Within  (Sumerian) 310 sold

The wolf within is starved for sales.


Devour the Day,  Time & Pressure (Fat Lady) 310 sold

Not much was devoured this week in terms of sales.