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

Well, maybe not completely unstoppable. The charts this time around are just a tad skimpy especially compared to last week when it seemed like everybody had an album debuting. For this week, our top debut comes from guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, who, judging by the album art, seems to look exactly the same in almost every picture he’s ever taken. But that’s beside the point that he has a top 50 album. So throw on your sunglass and get ready to peruse the sales for albums this week.


Notable Debuts:

Joe Satriani, Unstoppable Momentum (Epic) #42, 10,750 sold

Satch is back with his fourteenth album, which does nearly as well as his previous album.


Devour the Day, Time & Pressure (Fat Lady) 1,100 sold

This is the band’s debut album, and they’ll be tour with Sevendust and Otherwise this summer.


Sodom, Epitome of Torture (Steamhammer/SPV) 810 sold

The masters of German thrash are back with their fourteenth album.


Delain, Interlude (Napalm) 540 sold

Even with only three studio albums (one of which came out last year), this Dutch symphonic metal band decided to put out a compilation album.

Notable Sales:

Rob Zombie, Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor (T-Boy/UMe) #60, 7,850 sold

A 46% drop? Rats.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal Republic) #77, 5,850 sold

This is closing in on 75,000 sold.


Device, Device (Warner Bros.) #84, 5,050 sold

Over 60,000 sold in week 5.


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #98, 4,250 sold

A nice 28% boost brings this near the 225,000 mark.


Killswitch Engage, Disarm The Descent (Roadrunner) #124, 3,500 sold

Over 80,000 sold even with a 16% drop this week.


Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 2 (Roadrunner) #132, 3,250 sold

A 22% drop for the album which is just under 60,000 sold.


HIM, Tears on Tape (Razor & Tie) #134, 20,200 sold

An 84% drop, but we’re sure most of you don’t care.


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #152, 2,725 sold

This album is just under 155,00 total after a 15% boost.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #154, 2,700 sold

Bring me the 50,000 total sales..


Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #156, 2,700 sold

Sales continue to shine down upon this album.


Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #165, 2,575 sold

At 25 weeks, this Rebel has over 490,000 sales.


Bullet For My Valentine, Temper Temper (RCA) #189, 2,175 sold

Just under 100,000 sold after 13 weeks.


The Ocean, Pelagial (Metal Blade) 750 sold

These guys will be one of the many bands on this year’s Summer Slaughter tour.


Melvins, Everybody Loves Sausages (Ipecac) 640 sold

I guess a 60% drop indicates that everbody does not in fact love sausages.


Avantasia, The Mystery of Time (Nuclear Blast) 630 sold

Is there mystery behind a 67% drop?


Amorphis, Circle (Nuclear Blast) 570 sold

This might be just me, but I don’t know if “Shades of Grey” is a great title for an album opener nowadays.


Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 790 sold

A big 31% boost for this album.


Heaven Shall Burn, Veto (Century Media) 440 sold

Sales Shall Burn.


Famous Last Words, Two-Faced Charade (Invouge) 410 sold

With a big 84% drop, this album might need to think up some famous last words soon.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 400 sold

If this hangs around long enough, it’ll break the 30,000 mark.


Arsis, Unwelcome (Nuclear Blast) 1,000 sold

Sales would certainly be welcome though.


Cathedral, The Last Spire (Metal Blade) 360 sold

The album art has been described Lee Dorrian as “nativity gone wrong”.


Texas Hippie Coalition, Peacemaker (Carved) 290 sold

This has over 16,000 sold after making a reappearance on the charts.