Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad time with a Nightwish album, so its nice to get one while the world is in such a muddied state. Their new double album is just one of sixteen debuts this week, which is pretty sizable. What’s more, there’s a string of new releases coming the next few weeks that has me giddy, and it all starts this Friday with new releases from Trivium and Elder. The former just dropped a new track and our own Jeff Podoshen reviewed the latter’s new album. Make sure you keep checking on our column New & Noteworthy to see what else is coming out over the next few weeks.
Notable Debuts:
Nightwish, Human. :II: Nature. (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #5
7,050 sold
Nightwish’s ninth album charted higher than its 2015 predecessor, but it sold less than half of its debut.
Joe Satriani, Shapeshifting (Legacy)
Debut #8
5,175 sold
Satch’s seventeenth studio album sold about half of its predecessors debut.
Metal Church, From The Vault (Rat Pak)
Debut #28
2,075 sold
This is Metal Church’s first compilation album.
Rotting Out, Ronin (Pure Noise)
Debut #50
1,275 sold
This is the band’s first album in seven years.
Wolfheart, Wolves of Karelia (Napalm)
Debut #142
450 sold
This is the band’s fifth album.
Caustic Wound, Death Posture (Profound Lore)
Debut #152
410 sold
This is the grindcore band’s debut album.
Sparta, Trust The River (Dine Alone)
Debut #187
330 sold
This is the band’s fourth studio album and first in 14 years.
Kingsmen, Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery. (SharpTone)
Debut #190
330 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Benighted, Obscene Repressed (Season Of Mist)
210 sold
This is the band’s ninth album.
Azusa, Loop Of Yesterdays(Solid State)
210 sold
This is the second album from this supergroup.
Ayreon, Electric Castle Live and Other Tales(Music Theories)
200 sold
This is a full on rock opera production of Ayreon’s third studio album Into the Electric Castle.
Symbolik, Emergence (The Artisan Era)
160 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
140 sold
Kreator’s third live album came out last February, but only just showed up on the charts.
Like Rats, Death Monolith(Hibernation Release)
130 sold
This is the band’s third studio album.
By The Thousands, Dead Matter(Stay Sick)
90 sold
This is the prog metal band’s third album.
Myth of I, Myth of I (The Artisan Era)
90 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Notable Sales:
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#14 (from 7)
3,850 sold
A 55% drop with just under 70,000 sold.
Testament, Titans Of Creation (Nuclear Blast)
#25 (from 8)
2,150 sold
A 74% second week drop with over 10,000 sold.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#27 (from 24)
2,150 sold
An 11% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#30 (from 31)
1,950 sold
A 2% drop.
RED, Declaration(Red Entertainment)
#41 (from 5)
1,600 sold
A drop of 85% in week two with over 11,000 sold.
In This Moment, Mother (Roadrunner)
#49 (from 25)
1,325 sold
A 41% drop.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#59 (from 65)
1,000 sold
A 12% boost with just under 420,000 sold.
August Burns Red, Guardians (Fearless)
#67 (from 3)
880 sold
A 92% drop in week two with over 11,000 sold.
Breaking Benjamin, Aurora (Hollywood)
#84 (from 123)
730 sold
A 49% boost with over 31,000 sold.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#121 (from 125)
510 sold
A 9% boost with over 30,000 sold.
Tesla, Five Man London Jam (UMe)
#153 (from 91)
410 sold
A 38% drop.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#157 (from 149)
400 sold
This sold the same as last week.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#160 (re-entry)
380 sold

A 30% boost brings this back to the charts almost two years after it first debuted. It’s sold over 153,000 copies.




The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#164 (from 142)
370 sold
A 11% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#167 (from 186)
370 sold
A 11% boost.
Various Artists, The Many Faces of Metallica (Music Brokers Arg)
#167 (from 190)
370 sold
This has been on the charts for 6 weeks, but I didn’t spot it before now. I’m also not 100% sure what it is. It appears to be a compilation album that features bands covering Metallica songs along with songs from bands that influenced Metallica.
 #183 (from 198)
340 sold
A 8% boost.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#184 (re-entry)
340 sold
An 18% boost brings this back up with over 68,000 sold.
Igorrr, Spirituality And Distortion (Metal Blade)
180 sold
A 31% drop.
Myrkur, Folkesange(Relapse)
160 sold
A 21% drop.
Mark Morton, Ether EP (Rise)
150 sold
This got boosted way back up.
Dynazty, The Dark Delight (AFM)
120 sold
This actually got a boost of 19% in week two rather than dropping.
Ad Infinitum, Chapter I: Monarchy (Napalm)
120 sold
A 75% drop in week two.
Delain, Apocalypse & Chill(Napalm)
100 sold
This got boosted up again by 39%.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
90 sold
A 12% boost up.