Metal By Numbers 4/1: These charts are no joke

Posted by on April 1, 2015

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

I debated doing some April Fool’s prank for the charts today like making metal bands take over the top 10 or featuring One Direction as the top debut for the week. But I didn’t. Why? I dunno, I guess there’s already enough joke articles today as it is and the internet can stand to have at least one column deliver the facts. So I promise that these numbers have not been manipulated in any way. Disappointed? Don’t worry, we’ll have Nightwish numbers next week.


Notable Debuts: 

Oceano, Ascendents (Earache) #194, 1,650 sold

The band’s fourth album manages to ascend above its predecessor.


Liturgy, The Art Work (Thrill Jockey) 722 sold

Liturgy’s third LP is the latest album to become the subject of the “is it metal” war in the comments section.


The Gentle Storm, The Diary (InsideOut) 430 sold

This is a new project consisting of Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Anneke van Giersbergen, both of whom have previously collaborated on various Ayreon albums.


The Bloodline, We Are One (Another Century) 290 sold

Previously known as Dirge Within, the newly named band has released its debut a little early, or as they called it “pulling a Beyonce.” Queen Bee has nothing to worry about yet thog.


Notable Sales:

Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #30, 9,700 sold

Kissing 25% of sales goodbye.


Sleeping With Sirens, Madness (Epitatph) #39, 7,600 sold

A second-week 78% drop.


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #93, 3,300 sold

A 16% drop. Oh, and a belated happy 60th birthday to Angus Young!


Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #81, 2,900 sold

A lucky 13% drop.


Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) #122, 2,525 sold

This is just under 100,000 sold, and it’ll certainly sell more by the time Mr. Manson comes around on tour.


Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #127, 2,400 sold

Nearly at 310,000 sold.


Falling In Reverse, Just Like You (Epitaph) #80, 3,375 sold

At week 5, this has sold over 40,000 in total.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #142, 2,150 sold

Over 450,000 sold.


All That Remains, The Order of Things (Razor & Tie) #162, 1,925 sold

A 21% drop in week 5.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #181, 1,775 sold

Over 100,000 sold.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #183, 1,750 sold

Just under 160,000 sold.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #169, 1,725 sold

This just can’t decide if it wants to stay on or off the charts.


Enslaved, In Times (Nuclear Blast) 730 sold

Did you know that guitarist Ivar Bjørnson is a huge Family Guy fan?


Torche, Restarter (Relapse) 580 sold

Have you seen the band’s new robot-filled music video yet?


Motor Sister, Ride (Metal Blade) 550 sold

Riding out a 40% drop.


Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct (Nuclear Blast) 470 sold

A 33% drop.


Blind Guardian, Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast) 430 sold

A tiny drop of 4%.


Sons of Texas, Baptized In The Rio Grande (Razor & Tie) 400 sold

Revolver seems to dig these guys, so take that how you will.


Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 380 sold

Awaken the 8% drop.


From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 360 sold

A downfall of 36%.


Oceans Ate Alaska, Lost Isles (Fearless) 420 sold

Washing up a 17% drop.


Moonspell, Extinct (Napalm) 350 sold

Would it be too easy to say this is going extinct after a 63% drop? Well, too bad.


Napalm Death, Apex Predator – Easy Meat (Century Media) 330 sold

A 26% boost? That was easy.


Ice Nine Kills, The Predator Becomes the Prey (Outerloop) 300 sold

With an 18% boost, this continues to climb up.


Revolution Saints, Revolution Saints (Frontiers) 300 sold

A 42% drop isn’t much of a revolution.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 270 sold

Over 14,500 copies sold.


Uli Jon Roth, Scorpions Revisited (UDR) 250 sold

A 24% drop.


Leviathan, Scar Sighted (Profound Lore) 250 sold

A 30% drop is scarring.

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