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.
All That Remains, Madness (Razor & Tie)
The band’s eighth album sold less than half of its predecessor’s
He Is Legend, Few (Spinefarm)
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 Agony, A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm)
The band’s fifth album is also their first in twelve years.
Ayreon, The Source
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)
This five-track EP features a cover of “Step to You” by Madball.
Metal Church, Classic Live
This is Metal Church’s first live release in nearly twenty years.
Dimmu Borgir, Forces of the Northern Night
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)
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)
Our final live album debut is Between the Buried and Me performing 2015’s Coma Ecliptic live.
A Killer’s Confession, Unbroken
This is the debut for a project headed by Mushroomhead’s vocalist Waylon Reavis.
Shadow of Intent, Reclaimer
This is the band’s second full-length following their debut last year.
Pyramaze, Contingent (Inner Wound)
This is the band’s fifth LP.
Hideous Divinity, Adveniens (Unique Leader)
Lonely Robot, The Big Dream (InsideOut)
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
The ex-vocalist for Sister Sin has released a new album with a new project.
This is the band’s third album.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
A 22% drop with over 933,000 sold.
Incubus, 8 (Island)
A 90% drop in week two.
Mastodon, Emperor of Sand
A 20% drop. Like sand through fingers, eh?
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
A small boost of 8%.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
A drop of 8% with nearly 185,000 sold.
Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
A 19% drop after last week’s re-entry.
Falling In Reverse, Coming Home (Epitaph)
Gemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
Just under 20,000 sold.
Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP
A 68% drop after a Record Store Day boost.
Night Demon, Darkness Remains (Century Media)
Sales drop by half in week two.
A 36% drop.
While She Sleeps, You Are We
An 88% drop in week two.
The Obsessed, Sacred (Relapse)
A 23% boost.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
Out of breath after a 17% drop.
Richie Kotzen, Salting Earth
Salty after a 35% drop.
Art of Anarchy, The Madness
A 17% drop.
Ghost Bath, Starmourner (Nuclear Blast)
Mourning a 78% drop in week two.
Power Trip, Nightmare Logic
A boost of 30%
Artificial Brain, Infrared Horizon
A 71% second week drop.
Nine Shrines, Misery
A 29% drop.