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

It’s the post Record Store Day edition of Metal By Numbers, so you know what that means! Showing you numbers for random releases that you won’t be able to easily acquire, mostly because they’re vinyl. It also meets a lot of boosts for a lot of albums that might have dropped off in previous weeks. It also also means there’s a new Halestorm record that landed in the top 5 because, well, it’s Halestorm. Oh, and there’s a cassette tape on here too that you may or may not have heard about.


Notable Debuts: 

Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #4, 52,575 sold

The band lands its best debut yet with album number three landing in the top 5.


Dance Gavin Dance, Instant Gratification (Rise) #18, 14,675 sold

This band also lands its best debut yet in the top 20 with album seven.


Metallica, No Life ‘Til Leather (Blackened/Rhino) #98,  2,900 sold

Only Metallica could get a cassette tape into the top 100 in 2015.


Into Another, Omens EP (Ghost Ship) 890 sold

This is the band’s first release since 1995.


Gallows, Desolation Sounds (Bridge Nine) 410 sold

The fourth release from the UK hardcore act.


Now And On Earth, Blacked Out (Epitaph) 380 sold

This is the debut album from this Canadian metalcore act.


Comeback Kid, Rain City Sessions (Victory) 280 sold

A Record Store Day 10″ with six live tracks and a Nirvana cover.


Notable Sales:


Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #46, 6,650 sold

Kiss 10% of sales goodbye. Kid Rock has sold 237,000 copies of this album in two months, but you can buy a ticket to his concert for just about double the cost of the album.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #66, 4,375 sold

Thanks to a price drop and tour with Halestorm, this gets an enormous boost and sits just under 170,000 sold.


Hollywood Undead, Day of the Dead (Interscope) #69, 4,225 sold

A 38% drop is dead on.


Van Halen, Tokyo Dome In Concert (Rhino) #82, 3,675 sold

A 53% drop. Maybe this will see a jump in sales later?


Nightwish, Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast)#92, 3,150 sold

A not so beaut iful drop of 33%.


Sleeping With Sirens, Madness (Epitaph) #99, 2,900 sold

A 42% drop. U mad?


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #112, 2,675 sold

At week 20, this is just under 520,000 sold. Also, how about that Phil Rudd?


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #135, 2,225 sold

A small boost of 3%.


All That Remains, The Order of Things (Razor & Tie) #143, 2,050 sold

This gets boosted back onto the charts by 50%.



Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #158, 1,950 sold

In case you missed it, read how the band stole their debut album.


Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) #171, 1,825 sold

A 10% drop with over 105,000 sold.


Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #185, 1,700 sold

A 16% drop, but has now sold over 60,000.


Falling In Reverse, Just Like You (Epitaph) #187, 1,675 sold

A 5% drop. Some joke about falling.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #184, 1,650 sold

A tiny boost of 2%.


We Are Harlot, We Are Harlot (Roadrunner) 610 sold

Have they thought to cover Iron Maiden’s “Charlotte the Harlot”?


Agnostic Front, The American Dream Died (Nuclear Blast) 530 sold

A second week drop of 57%.


Sons of Texas, Baptized In The Rio Grande (Razor & Tie) 470 sold

A 58% boost thanks to a price drop.


Sworn In, The Lovers / The Devil (Razor & Tie) 450 sold

A steep second week drop of 85%.


Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 370 sold

A 36% boost thanks to, you guessed it, a price drop.


Full Devil Jacket, Valley of Bones (eOne) 370 sold

Full of a 20% boost.


Royal Thunder, Crooked Doors (Relapse) 340  sold

A crooked drop of 76%.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 340 sold

Once again, not much change from last week with a 1% boost.


Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Blood Lust (Metal Blade) 330 sold

For the life of me I couldn’t find out why this was listed. Not that it’s a problem, I just couldn’t find anything Record Store Day related to explain why this popped up again. Oh well, so much the better.


King 810, Memoirs of a Murderer (Roadrunner) 320 sold

This has also popped up again after a long absence, perhaps due to their tour with Tech N9ne.


Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct (Nuclear Blast) 300 sold

Seeing stars after a 15% drop.


Torche, Restarter (Relapse) 300 sold

If you haven’t heard it yet, treat yourself to the band’s awesome cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom”.


Blind Guardian, Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast) 300 sold

A little 2% drop.


Antemasque, Antemasque (Nadie Sound) 300 sold

A big boost brings this back on the charts.