Metal By Numbers 3/8: Suicide’s sales are silenced

Posted by on March 8, 2017

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

We have twenty debuts listed here, making it the biggest week so far for metal in 2017. Spearheading it is Suicide Silence, and though they’re still the top metal debut of the week, you’ve likely heard by now that it wasn’t the best showing of their career. I guess not all press is good press considering reports of clean singing on the album were enough to throw fans into a rage leading up to the album’s release. I’m not saying that all publications meant to spin the band’s new direction as a bad thing, but I think everyone in this business knows that no two words are more in incendiary than “clean vocals.” Except for maybe “Nickleback rocks,” but I’m not sure there’s anyone brave enough to try that yet. Now, full disclosure, I’m not a big Suicide Silence fan but I just went and listened to “Doris” for reference and…it’s not that bad? It reminded me a bit of Deftones and the only weird part was really the chorus. But, hey, like I said, I’m not a huge fan anyway, so maybe the die-hards know better than me. That petition was still dumb, though.


Notable Debuts:
Suicide Silence, Suicide Silence (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #41
4,650 sold
As perviously reported, this debut, while respectable, isn’t exactly a milestone for Suicide Silence; 2014’s You Can’t Stop Me debuted at #16 with around 15,000 sold.

Born of Osiris, The Eternal Reign (Sumerian)
Debut #60
3,875 sold

This is the band’s second EP.


Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
Debut #71
3,125 sold
Following their widely praised, Power Tip’s second LP gets a nice debut.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
Debut #75
3,000 sold

The psychedelic Australians release their follow-up to last year’s Nonagon Infinity.


Immolation, Atonement (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #94
2,400 sold
Immolation’s tenth album is their highest charting yet.
Six Feet Under, Torment (Metal Blade)
Debut #144
1,700 sold
The band’s twelfth album doesn’t sell as much as its predecessor, but it does chart higher.

All Them Witches, Sleeping Through the War (New West)
Debut #196
1,125 sold

This is the Nashville band’s fourth LP.





Pissed Jeans, Why Love Now (Subpop)
Debut #200
1,100 sold

The noise/hardcore band’s fifth album is their first since 2013.





King Woman, Created in the Image of Suffering (Relapse)
950 sold

This is the debut LP for King Woman following their EP two years prior.






Sanctuary, Inception (Century Media)
920 sold

This is the band’s fourth album following their return album in 2014.

Zeal & Ardor, Devil Is Fine (MVKA)
870 sold
This was one of the best albums from last year (just ask us), so this physical release/digital rerelease is as good a time as any to check out the fuss.
Death Therapy, The Storm Before the Calm (Solid State)
780 sold
This is the debut album of Jason Wisdom’s (ex-Becoming the Archetype, Solamors) solo project.
Armored Saint, Carpe Noctum (Live 2015) (Metal Blade)
590 sold
This is only Armored Saint’s second live album.

Ex Deo, The Immortal Wars (Napalm)
490 sold

This is the band’s third album and first in five years.

Disperse, Forward (Season of Mist)
440 sold
The latest form this Polish progressive band.
Unearthly Trance, Stalking the Ghost (Relapse)
440 sold
This is the sixth album from this sludge/doom band.
Second Death, Casket (Self-Released)
380 sold
This is the debut LP from the band formerly known as Beware the Neverending.
Benighted, Necrobreed (Season of Mist)
360 sold
This is the band’s eighth album.
Place Vendome, Close to the Sun (Frontiers)
250 sold
This is the fourth album from the band fronted by Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic)
So This Is Suffering, Palace for the Pessimist (Unique Leader)
220 sold
The band’s fourth LP is their first on a label.


Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#8 (from 23)
25,600 sold

A huge boost of 140% back into the top 10.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#83 (from 93)
2,700 sold

Cooking up a 18% boost.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#114 (from 112)
2,000 sold

This didn’t move much from last week.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#134 (from 120)
1,825 sold

A small 5% drop with just under 60,000 sold.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#145 (from 154)
1,700 sold

A 20% boost.






Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#158(from 145)
1,525 sold

A tiny 1% boost.





Overkill, The Grinding Wheel (Nuclear Blast)
#160 (from 81)
1,500 sold
A 40% drop is such a grind.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#184 (from 183)
1,225 sold

A slight 5% boost.






AFI, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord)
#187 (from 139)
1,200 sold

A 24% drop





Kreator, Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast)
630 sold
A 16% drop.
Lorna Shore, Flesh Coffin (Outerloop)
500 sold

An 83% drop in week two.






Iron Reagan, Crossover Ministry (Relapse)
360 sold

A 21% boost, perhaps from their tour with Power Trip. Up the Irons (does that still work here?)






Battle Beast, Bringer of Pain (Nuclear Blast)
340 sold
A 68% drop in week two is painful.

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

A fiery 30% drop.






Ghost Key, If I Don’t Make It (InVogue)
270 sold
Instead of a drop, this boosted by 11% in week two.

theagonistThe Agonist, Five (Napalm)
250 sold

A dip of 4%.





amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
230 sold

A small drop of 1%.






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

This got a 29% boost alongside the release of its successor.

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