Metal By Numbers 4/5: Steel Panther set the bar

Posted by on April 5, 2017

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

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about writing this column for nearly five years (wait, that long?) is seeing sales patterns of bands growing in popularity, tracking the numbers for their new top 20 debut on the Billboard 200 when I remember them being on the Top New Artists chart only a scant few years ago. So seeing a band like Steel Panther arrive in the top 15 is a pretty neat thing. It’s also funny that they debuted just below the soundtrack to Sing, a children’s movie with cute animals singing pop songs, though I assume none of them are about pussies and partying. Also, to reader who requested the status of the Ghost album Meliora, I unfortunately do not have any numbers for that album but you can bet that should it get a sales boost you’ll find it on here!


Notable Debuts:
Steel Panther, Lower the Bar (Kobalt Music)
Debut #12
10,350 sold
Your favorite glam metal band had their best debut yet with album number four.
Pallbearer, Heartless (Profound Lore)
Debut #40
4,050 sold
Pallbearer’s third album lands them their best debut yet in the top 50.
Night Ranger, Don’t Let Up (Frontiers)
Debut #49
3,450 sold
Night Ranger’s latest sold about the same amount as its predecessor, but it charted higher.
Art of Anarchy, The Madness (Century Media)
Debut #61
2,950 sold
The band release their second album and the first to feature Creed’s Scott Stapp on vocals.
Davey Suicide, Made From Fire (Anti-System)
Debut #66
2,850 sold
This is the band’s third LP.
Northlane, Mesmer (UNFD)
Debut #118
1,800 sold
The band’s surprise fourth LP doesn’t have quite as good of a debut as its predecessor, which suggests that maybe surprise releases aren’t the way to go.

Me And That Man, Songs of Love and Death (Cooking Vinyl)
Debut #187
1,125 sold

This is the debut album from Behemoth frontman Nergal and John Porter’s new country/folk/blues project.
Eclipse, Momentum (Frontiers)
850 sold
This is the Swedish band’s sixth LP.
Memoriam, For the Fallen (Nuclear Blast)
480 sold
This is the band’s first LP and features ex-members of Bolt Thrower.


Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#1 (from 8)
48,125 sold

Metallica take the number one spot yet again after a huge 120% boost. In fact, they sold more physical copies than anything else on the chart this week. Take that, Beauty and the Beast soundtrack!





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#132 (from 136)
1,625 sold

An 11% boost with over 65,000 sold.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#142 (from 104)
1,500 sold

A 23% drop.





Obituary, Obituary (Relapse)
#150 (from 44)
1,375 sold
This takes a second week 68% drop.

avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#167 (from 154)
1,225 sold

A drop of 8%.





KXM, Scatterbrain (Rat Pak)
#183 (from 18)
1,150 sold

This drops 85% in week two.






Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
1,000 sold
A 34% power boost.





Fit for an Autopsy, The Great Collapse (eOne)
635 sold
 An 84% drop in week two.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
580 sold

A 17% boost is just bananas.






Havok, Conformicide (Century Media)
450 sold

A 51% drop.






Kreator, Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast)
370 sold
A 2% drop with over 11,000 sold.

bad-seed-risingBad Seed Rising, Awake In Color (Roadrunner)
320 sold

This gets another boost back up after dropping off last week.




Darkest Hour, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora (Southern Lord)
320 sold
A 56% drop.







Righteous Vendetta, Cursed (Century Media)
300 sold
A second week drop of 87%.





Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
290 sold

This gets boosted up again thanks to the band’s latest touring stint.






Immolation, Atonement (Nuclear Blast)
240 sold
This must atone for a 39% drop.

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