anthraxforallkingsfinalart_638Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.

Within the past six months, three-fourths of the Big Thrash Four have released new albums, all of which had their own buzz surrounding them. Slayer’s latest was their first without the late Jeff Hanneman, Megadeth’s featured a revamped line-up and sound, and now Anthrax are following up an album that was surprisingly really fucking good. And wouldn’t you know it all three of these albums have cracked the top five. Now that right there feels good. I wouldn’t expect to hear anything from Metallica anytime soon, but considering The Black Album just sold another 6,300 this week, I’m sure they’ll be fine.


Notable Debuts:

Anthrax, For All Kings (Megaforce) #5, 33,525 sold

Anthrax’s latest album manages to outdo 2011’s Worship Music. In fact, it’s their highest-charting album since 1993’s The Sound of White Noise.


From Ashes To New, Day One (Better Noise) #23, 9,950 sold

An impressive debut for the band’s first LP.


Steel Panther, Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage  (Kobalt) #57, 4,550 sold

This live album is all acoustic. Glam it up.


Adelitas Way, Gateway (Fuel) #77, 3,525 sold

The band’s fourth album doesn’t quite debut as well as their previous record.


Redemption, The Art of Loss (Metal Blade) 1,175 sold

This is the band’s sixth album and first on Metal Blade.


Voivod, Post Society (Century Media) 1,075 sold

This new EP features a Hawkwind cover.


Anvil, Anvil is Anvil (SPV/Steamhammer) 820 sold

The band’s sixteenth album nabs a higher debut than its predecessor.


Entombed A.D., Dead Dawn (Century Media) 650 sold

The second album to be released on the A.D. moniker sells about the same as its predecessor.


Deströyer 666, Wildfire (Season of Mist) 570 sold

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


Omnium Gatherum, Grey Heavens (Century Media) 440 sold

The band’s seventh album makes its debut.


The Unguided, Lust and Loathing (Napalm) 300 sold

This is the third album from the Swedish death metal act.



Notable Sales:

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #38, 6,900 sold

A slight boost of 7%.


Megadeth, Dystopia (UMe) #53, 4,800 sold

A dip down of 9%.


Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #67, 4,000 sold

This is in the same chart position as last week.


Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #94, 2,900 sold

A boost of 5% to just under 180,000 sold.


After The Burial, Dig Deep (Sumerian) #111, 2,425 sold

A drop of 77% in week two.


Wolfmother, Victorious (Universal) #117, 2,300 sold

This dropped by 72% in week two.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #120, 2,200 sold

A boost of 29% dawns.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #127, 2,150 sold

A 20% boost on week 25.


Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #140, 1,950 sold

A tiny drop of 4%.

Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call Rock (Sony) #144, 1,925 sold

This got turned down by 11%.


Dream Theater, The Astonishing (Roadrunner) #170, 1,650 sold

A 19% drop, but the band would be pleased to know who they share they spot with.


Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG) #170, 1,650 sold

The band’s tour kicked this back up by 17%.


Last In Line, Heavy Crown (Frontiers) #199, 1,350 sold

A heavy drop of 67% in week two.


Delain, Lunar Prelude (Napalm) 490 sold

A 65% drop in week two.

Fleshgod Apocalypse, King (Nuclear Blast) 420 sold

A 36% drop isn’t fleshed out.

The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick) 380 sold

Another boost this week of 58%.


Obscura, Akróasis (Relapse) 370 sold

This drop by 38%.


Avantasia, Ghostlights  (Nuclear Blast) 350 sold

A 29% drop won’t light the way.


Prong, X – No Absolutes (SPV/Steamhammer) 340 sold

A 11% drop is w(p)rong.


Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless) 340 sold

Wager a 7% boost.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 330 sold

This had a small rise of 2%.


Abbath, Abbath (Season of Mist) 310 sold

A 22% drop, but perhaps the Decibel tour will nab a boost?

Holy Grail, Times of Pride & Peril (Prothetic) 300 sold

A 46% drop is perilous.


Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #152, 1,825 sold

Another boost this week of 9%.


Magrudergrind, II (Relapse) 290 sold

A tiny dip of 4%.


Primal Fear, Rulebreaker (Frontiers) 220 sold

Fearful of a 18% drop.