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

Wow. That’s a lot of debuts. Some of them were highly anticipated (This Is Your Life), some have been surrounded by controversy (Triple Brutal), and some no one really asked for (Punk Goes 90’s 2). Not a bad week at all. And there’s still so many albums coming out in this month alone from bands such as Triptykon, Whitechapel, and…er, Winger? But I digress. Check out the multitude of album sales we’ve got for you this week.


Notable Debuts:

Chevelle, La Gargola (Epic) #3, 44,900 sold

The band’s seventh album is also their highest charting album yet. Their previous peak was #7 with Vena Sera in 2007.


Chiodos, Devil (Razor & Tie) #12, 18,350 sold

The fourth album from Chiodos marks the return of frontman Craig Owns and drummer Derrick Frost.


Various Artists, Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life (Rhino) #20, 14,700 sold

The all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio cracks the top 20.


Steel Panther, All You Can Eat (Open E/Kobalt) #24, 13,275 sold

Steel Panther have their best debut yet with album number four. Did we mention there’s a track called “Bukkake Tears”?


Lacuna Coil, Broken Crown Halo (Century Media) #27, 12,550 sold

Cristina Scabbia and company don’t quite outdo the debut of their previous album Dark Adrenaline, but it’s still a big debut.


Various Artists, Punk Goes 90’s 2 (Fearless) #42, 8,450 sold

Apparently, people really wanted to hear Asking Alexandria cover Nine Inch Nails. Or Motionless In White to cover Rammstein. Hopefully they weren’t actually expecting to enjoy it.


Austrian Death Machine, Triple Brutal (Artery) #63, 5,925 sold

This album finally sees the light of day, but is it going to make good on the charity donations it promised?


Alesana, The Decade EP (Artery) #119, 2,975 sold

Want to guess how long Alesana has been around?


Sonata Arctica, Pariah’s Child (Nuclear Blast) 1,825 sold

The cover for the band’s eighth album looks pretty Game of Thrones inspired.


The Body, I Shall Die Here (Revenge International) 860 sold

The sludge metal band’s fifth album makes its debut.


Lesser Key, Lesser Key (Sumerian) 650 sold

Dying for new a new Tool album? Consider checking out Lesser Key with ex-Tool bassist Paul D’Amour.


Bigelf, Into The Maelstrom (InsideOut) 500 sold

The band’s fourth album features, you guessed it, Mike Portnoy on drums.


Lost Society, Terror Hunger (Nuclear Blast) 310 sold

The Finnish thrash band’s second album makes its humble debut.



Notable Sales:

Memphis May Fire, Unconditional (Rise) #61, 6,050 sold

A second week drop of 78%.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #68, 5,450 sold

A drop of 32% as this nears 50,000 sold.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #94, 3,850 sold

At week 20, this is over 230,000 sold.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #104, 3,475 sold

A 5% boost as the album approaches the 450,000 mark. Their appearance on the Mayhem Fest should see the album going gold.


Animals As Leaders, The Joy of Motion (Sumerian) #117, 3,025 sold

A drop of 77%, but there’s still plenty of joy to be found.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #136, 2,650 sold

An unlucky drop of 13%.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #152, 2,425 sold

Another two weeks or so and this will hit the 100,000 mark.
Pantera, Far Beyond Driven (Rhino) 2,35o sold

The reissue of the 20th anniversary edition of the band’s first #1 album has a 61% drop from last week, but has sold 1.5 million copies so far.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #165, 2,275 sold

Nearly 375,000 sold.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #170, 2,225 sold

This is sitting on over 200,000 sold.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #185, 2,100 sold

Over 175,000 sold, which is extremely impressive for the band.


Demon Hunter, Extremist (Solid State)#186, 2,100 sold

An extreme drop of 43%.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 700 sold

A boost of 115%? Is the takeover being revived?


Intervals, A Voice Within (Self-Released) 450 sold

This is still hanging in there.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 420 sold

A 2% boost. Yay?


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 410 sold

A 33% boost to bathe in.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 400 sold

I checked to see if there’s actually something called “gemini syndrome”. There isn’t, so I’m going to define it as “a condition where your frontman looks like a wizard.”


Architects, Lost Forever // Lost Together (Epitaph) 380 sold

The only thing lost here is 23% of sales.


Hundredth, Resist (Mediakare) 330 sold

This couldn’t resist a 87% drop.


Nothing, Guilty of Everything (Relapse) 320 sold

If you haven’t thought of this movie quote already, allow me.


Thy Art Is Murder, Hate (Nuclear Blast) 310 sold

Thy art is a 3% drop.


Ringworm, Hammer of the Witch (Relapse) 1,100 sold

This dropped off after it debuted, but now it’s back.


Get Scared, Everyone’s Out To Get Me (Fearless) 360 sold

This is back too. For some reason.


Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 310 sold

This is (presumably) not related to the Bob Seger song of the same name.