Metal By Numbers 5/11: Madness remains on the charts

Posted by on May 11, 2017

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
This week’s list of debuts is even bigger than the last. While last week contained many Records Store Day numbers, this week is everything from returning veterans to live albums (no really, like four live albums). By now, you’ve probably heard that All That Remains’ new album, Madness, marks the band’s lowest debut since 2004’s This Darkened Heart. Despite that fact, they’re still the top metal debut for the week. Also, we’re operating with limited chart information again, but here’s the silver lining: Ghost fans, if you’re still wondering about their sales, their EP from last year, Popestar, has sold over 51,000 copies so far.
Notable Debuts: 
All That Remains, Madness (Razor & Tie)
9,700 sold
The band’s eighth album sold less than half of its predecessor’s debut.

He Is Legend, Few (Spinefarm)
4,500 sold

He Is Legend also score the highest debut of their career. For comparison, their last album, Heavy Fruit, has only sold 6,700 to date. The move to Spinefarm was a great one for them.



Life of AgonyA Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm)
2,900 sold

The band’s fifth album is also their first in twelve years.


Ayreon, The Source (Mascot)
2,300 sold
This is the ninth album by the project headed by Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Vocalists featured this time around include returning collaborators such as James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), and Russell Allen (Symphony X).

Terror, The Walls Will Fall (Pure Noise/Triple-B Records)
2,100 sold

This five-track EP features a cover of “Step to You” by Madball.


Metal Church, Classic Live (Rat Pak)
1,900 sold
This is Metal Church’s first live release in nearly twenty years.
Dimmu Borgir, Forces of the Northern Night (Nuclear Blast)
1,200 sold
The band hasn’t put out a studio album in seven years, so a new live album is better than nothing.

Fates Warning, Awaken The Guardian Live (Metal Blade)
1,100 sold

Looks like this was a week for live albums, huh? This is only Fates Warning’s second live album.







Between The Buried And Me, Coma Ecliptic Live (Metal Blade/Good Fight)
900 sold

Our final live album debut is Between the Buried and Me performing 2015’s Coma Ecliptic live.


A Killer’s Confession, Unbroken (EMP)
750 sold
This is the debut for a project headed by Mushroomhead’s vocalist Waylon Reavis.
Shadow of Intent, Reclaimer (Self-Released)
500 sold
This is the band’s second full-length following their debut last year.

Pyramaze, Contingent (Inner Wound)
300 sold

This is the band’s fifth LP.






Hideous Divinity, Adveniens (Unique Leader)
250 sold







Lonely Robot, The Big Dream (InsideOut)
250 sold

This is Lonely Robot’s second album and part two in a trilogy from what I understand. I have never heard of them before, but they’re a prog band, so now I’m interested.

Liv Sin, Follow Me (Despotz)
200 sold
The ex-vocalist for Sister Sin has released a new album with a new project.
Chrysalis, Reminder (Self-Released)
200 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
8,300 sold

A 22% drop with over 933,000 sold.


Incubus, 8 (Island)
4,950 sold
A 90% drop in week two.






Mastodon, Emperor of Sand (Reprise)
2,650 sold
A 20% drop. Like sand through fingers, eh?

I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
1,300 sold

A small boost of 8%.



skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
1,100 sold

A drop of 8% with nearly 185,000 sold.




Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
1,100 sold

A 19% drop after last week’s re-entry.


Falling In Reverse, Coming Home (Epitaph)
1,000 sold

A 27% drop.




geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
600 sold

Just under 20,000 sold.



Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP (Atlantic)
450 sold

A 68% drop after a Record Store Day boost.

Night Demon, Darkness Remains (Century Media)
400 sold
Sales drop by half in week two.
Pallbearer, Heartless (Profound Lore)
300 sold
470 sold
A 36% drop.
While She Sleeps, You Are We (Sharptone)
300 sold
An 88% drop in week two.

The Obsessed, Sacred (Relapse)
300 sold

A 23% boost.



through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
200 sold

Out of breath after a 17% drop.


Richie Kotzen, Salting Earth (CD Baby)
200 sold
Salty after a 35% drop.
Art of Anarchy, The Madness (Century Media)
240 sold
A 17% drop.
Ghost Bath, Starmourner (Nuclear Blast)
200 sold
Mourning a 78% drop in week two.
Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
200 sold
A boost of 30%
Artificial Brain, Infrared Horizon (Profound Lore)
200 sold
A 71% second week drop.
Nine Shrines, Misery (Mascot)
200 sold
A 29% drop.

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