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

I really thought we were going to see Nightwish take the top spot this week but apparently Hollywood Undead made an album too. I attribute my lack of foresight to not thinking about Hollywood Undead unless they’re on the charts. But fair is fair, and the band gets the top spot followed by Van Halen’s first live album with David Lee Roth (I know, weird right?). It’s still a good haul this week, so go take a look-see.


Notable Debuts: 

Hollywood Undead, Day of the Dead (Interscope) #11, 34,700 sold

The band’s fourth album is just shy of the top 10. Remember when they were initially famous because of MySpace?


Van Halen, Tokyo Dome In Concert (Rhino) #14, 30,625 sold

The band’s second live album makes it into the top 15 following a tour announcement. Hopefully Diamond Dave doesn’t get overexcited and bust his nose again.


Nighwish, Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast)#23, 18,275 sold

The band’s eighth album is its first with Floor Jansen on vocals and marks the band’s highest debut yet in the US.


Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, Blaster (Softdrive) #72, 5,300 sold

The debut of Weiland newest solo album comes not long after the death of the band’s guitarist Jeremy Brown.


We Are Harlot, We Are Harlot (Roadrunner) #82, 4,650 sold

Here’s the self-titled debut Danny Worsnop’s (ex-Asking Alexandria) new band. It’s considerably less than what AA does, but it’s a whole new beginning for them.


Full Devil Jacket, Valley of Bones (eOne) 750 sold

Fifteen years after their debut, Full Devil Jacket have finally released their second album following the death of founding member Michael Reaves.


Prong, Songs From the Black Hole (eOne) 710 sold

Tommy Victor and company cover everything from Fugazi to Neil young.


Katatonia, Sanctitude (Kscope) 580 sold

This is the band’s third live album.


Violent Reaction, Marching On (Revelation) 420 sold

A UK straight edge hardcore band with a really colorful Facebook bio.


Notable Sales:

Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #35, 10,700 sold

A 10% sales boost rocks. This album’s almost halfway to gold in six weeks, but it’s not like you’re hearing anything from it.


Sleeping With Sirens, Madness (Epitaph) #39, 6,900 sold

Just under 50,000 sold.


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #103, 3,500 sold

Busting up a 6% boost.


Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) #144, 2,625 sold

Rage, rage against the 10% drop.


Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #152, 2,500 sold

A tiny boost of 4%.


Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) #153, 2,500 sold

Now over 100,000 copies sold, which will buy him plenty of Dennys.


Falling In Reverse, Just Like You (Epitaph) #165, 2,300 sold

Just a 3% drop.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #168, 2,275 sold

Forgot to mention this last week, but remember two years ago when we made an April Fool’s post about Dave Grohl and Ghost?


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #179, 2,150 sold

Rising up with a 24% boost.


All That Remains, The Order of Things (Razor & Tie) #182, 2,125 sold

A tru kvlt boost of 11% boost puts this at almost 34,000 in six weeks.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #183, 2,100 sold

A 21% boost is going to help.


Enslaved, In Times (Nuclear Blast) 430 sold

Time is ticking with a 42% drop.


Sons of Texas, Baptized In The Rio Grande (Razor & Tie) 420 sold

Think these guys would ever cover Duran Duran?


Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct (Nuclear Blast) 390 sold

Starring an 18% drop.


Motor Sister, Ride (Metal Blade) 370 sold

So if this band toured with the above one would it be called “Motor Sister Rides The Black Star Tour”? A 32% drop.


Blind Guardian, Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast) 350 sold

A 15% drop puts this on guard.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 340 sold

A 25% boost continues sales for this album that’s stuck like glue to the charts and has sold about 15,000 so far.


Torche, Restarter (Relapse) 340 sold

A 42% drop, but we could see more numbers when the band tours the US this summer.


Oceans Ate Alaska, Lost Isles (Fearless) 320 sold

A.k.a. Sarah Palin’s least favorite metal band.


Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 300 sold

It was a dark and stormy 18% drop.


Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie (Earache) 280 sold

A 27% brings this back on the charts.


Moonspell, Extinct (Napalm) 270 sold

A 24% drop makes this endangered.


Revolution Saints, Revolution Saints (Frontiers) 260 sold

Turned down to 11%.