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

Hot damn, how about that alliteration in the title, huh? Also: hot damn there’s fourteen debuts this week. April is definitely off to a monster start with all these albums, and there’s only more to follow in the coming weeks, including Deftones, Ihsahn, Aborted, and, most recently, Babymetal (which we know you’re hyped about). One thing is for sure about 2016: we’re going to be seeing a lot of weeks like these.


Notable Debuts:

Asking Alexandria, The Black (Sumerian) #4, 28,125 sold

The band’s fourth album is their highest charting yet, though it didn’t sell as much as their last album.


Amon Amarth, Jomsviking (Metal Blade) #11, 20,000 sold

The real champs this week are Amon Amarth sporting their best debut ever in the US with album number ten.


Metal Church, XI (Rat Pak) #21, 10,775 sold

A monster debut for the band following their reunion with Mike Howe.


Judas Priest, Battle Cry (Epic) #80, 3,400 sold

This is Judas Priest’s highest charting live album since Priest…Live! in 1987.


O’Brother, Endless Light (Triple Crown) #124, 2,125 sold

The band’s third album is their highest charting yet.


American Head Charge, Tango Umbrella (Napalm) #142, 1,800 sold

The band’s first album in eleven years makes its debut.


Cobalt, Slow Forever (Profound Lore) 1,025 sold

The latest from the two person experimental black metal act.


Walls of Jericho, No One Can Save You from Yourself (Napalm) 1,025 sold

The band debut their first album in eight years.


Hammer Fight, Profound and Profane (Napalm) 630 sold

The NJ based band debuts their second album.


Caliban, Gravity (Century Media) 520 sold

The band’s tenth album sells about the same as their previous one, though it apparently hit #15 in their native Germany.


Wormed, Krighsu (Season of Mist) 500

The band’s third release is their first on Season of Mist


Blood Ceremony, Lord of Misrule (Rise Above) 400 sold

The folk doom band’s fourth album makes its debut.


Rotten Sound, Abuse to Suffer (Season of Mist) 360 sold

The Finnish band debuts their first album in five years.


The Body & Full of Hell, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache (Neurot) 300 sold

A week after their new studio album debut, The Body also put out a collaborative album.



Notable Sales:

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #22, 10,250 sold

A touring boost of 32%.


Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) #41, 5,275 sold

A 39% drop, but now over the 200,000 mark.


Killswitch Engage, Incarnate (Roadrunner) #57, 4,275 sold

This takes another drop of 42%.


Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #78, 3,525 sold

Over 330,000 sold after 30 weeks.


Megadeth, Dystopia (UMe) #96, 2,775 sold

Ten weeks on and this has crossed the 100,000 mark.


Anthrax, For All Kings (Megaforce) #104, 2,450 sold

A 23% drop for all.


Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) #145, 1,725 sold

This brings a 7% boost.

Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #154, 1,625 sold

After 40 weeks, this has sold over 330,000.


Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #168, 1,550 sold

Not redy for a 27% drop.


Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #183, 1,425 sold

A huge 91% boost back onto the charts.


Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless) 720 sold

Huge boost of 63%.


Abbath, Abbath (Season of Mist) 550 sold

Another touring boost for Abbath, this time by 83%.


Caspian, Dust and Disquiet (Triple Crown) 470 sold

The band’s tour with Underoath has given this a big boost.


Light Up The Sky, Nightlife (Rise) 410 sold

Lit by a 30% drop.


Last In Line, Heavy Crown (Frontiers) 380 sold

A 9% drop is out of line.


Outline In Color, Struggle (Standby) 310 sold

Struggle with a 16% drop.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 310 sold

It’s not always sunny with a 16% drop.


Affiance, Gaia (Self-Released) 270 sold

A 24% drop.


Boris/Merzbow, Gensho (Relapse) 260 sold

A second week 71% drop.


Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless) 230 sold

Not much change from last week.