Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Ah, April. Where spring gets going, where you can’t trust the internet for a day, and where people find a day to pretend to be stoners while real stoners treat it like any other day of the year. Oh, and where a bunch of metal albums all come at you at once. This week, our top debut comes from a band that makes subgenre enthusiasts throw up their hands and say “Fuck it”. We also have debuts from a few bands that are the stuff of legends from NWOBHM giants to crossover thrashers. Knowing what other albums lie ahead, it looks like a good start for metal in the month of April.
Sevendust, Black Out The Sun (7brothers) #18, 27,425 sold
Sevendust’s ninth studio album takes the top debut for this week as well as the top spot for metal. It’s a fine debut and a timely one as they’re currently out on a co-headlining tour with Coal Chamber.
Stryper, Second Coming (Frontiers) #106, 4,675 sold
Did you know that Stryper had an album coming out? Neither did we.
Iron Maiden, Maiden England ’88 (Sanctuary) #123, 3,925 sold
Every time Iron Maiden puts out a live album, it’s always worth looking into. This reissue of their Maiden England video/live album was recorded during their 7th Tour of a 7th Tour.
Suicidal Tendencies, 13 (Suicidal) #149, 3,250 sold
Suicidal Tendencies’ first studio album in thirteen years gets a good start on the charts.
Saxon, Sacrifice (Capitol) 1,800 sold
NWOBHM legends Saxon have album number twenty (holy shit) on the charts.
Kvelertak, Meir (Roadrunner) 1,750 sold
The batshit insane Norwegians are back with their second album.
Amaranthe, Nexus (Spinefarm) 1,700 sold
Swedish melodic metallers Amaranthe manage a solid debut with album number two, though it’s all the way up at #6 in their native country.
Dark Sermon, In Tongues (Entertainment One) 410 sold
These Floridians get a small debut this week.
Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #71, 7,500 sold
More like Redneck Soul, am I right?
Clutch, Earth Rocker (Weathermaker) #80, 6,825 sold
A second week drop of almost 70%, but this one still has some crucial velocity to it.
Various Artists, Rock of Ages Soundtrack (Water Tower Music/Warner Bros.) #85, 6,050 sold
I really don’t know why this has made a comeback. Ritual sacrifice is likely the culprit.
Red, Release the Panic (Provident) #88, 5,700 sold
Don’t let the lower chart position fool you; this got a 18% boost this week.
Various Artists, Sound City: Reel to Reel (RCA) #94, 5,125 sold
It’s a 42% drop for this soundtrack.
Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #120, 3,950 sold
This album continues to climb with a 24% boost.
Bullet For My Valentine, Temper Temper (RCA) #124, 3,875 sold
Nearly 85,000 total copies sold.
Anthrax, Anthems (Megaforce) #142, 3,450 sold
A second week drop, but good for an EP.
Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #153, 3,125 sold
A 22% boost for this album.
Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #156, 3,100 sold
A small boost this week sounds divine.
Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) #171, 2,775 sold
This sold almost exactly the same amount as last week, putting it up to nearly 220,000 sold the week before their new album is released.
Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day (Atlantic) #172, 2,775 sold
This is on the brink of passing the 400,000 total mark.
Pierce The Veil, Collide With The Sky (Fearless) #191, 2,550 sold
Six Feet Under, Unborn (Metal Blade) 870 sold
This certainly isn’t birthing sales.
Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 720 sold
Not much change for the Empire.
Intronaut, Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) (Century Media) 680 sold
It’s the big second week drop for Intronaut.
Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 670 sold
A small boost for this album.
Within The Ruins, Elite (Entertainment One) 630 sold
Little has changes within these ruins this week.
Suffocation, Pinnacle of Bedlam (Nuclear Blast) 540 sold
This got the smallest boost, but better than nothing right?
Nails, Abandon All Life (Southren Lord) 450 sold
This album didn’t quite nail it this week.
Woe, Is Me Genesi[s] (Rise) 430 sold
These guys have played on Punk Goes Pop 3 and 4. Just in case you wanted to judge them.
Off With Their Heads, Home (Epitaph) 420 sold
Special guest vocals from the Queen of Hearts.
The Amity Affliction, Chasing Ghosts (Roadrunner) 400 sold
This continues to be afflicted by sales.
Fit For A King, Creation/Destruction (Tooth & Nail) 380 sold
And a whopping 73% drop for these guys.
Holy Grail, Ride The Void (Prosthetic) 350 sold
Well looky here! Could this have anything to do with the Metal Alliance tour?