Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
We’re still operating on limited info for Metal By Numbers, but I do have a treat for you. A few weeks ago I mentioned having total sales numbers for the Big Four, a few people expressed interest in seeing some more of it. So here’s a few numbers from the years 1986 and 1987:
Metallica, Master of Puppets – 6 million + sold
Megadeth, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? – 1 million + sold
Slayer, Reign In Blood – 766,000 sold
Anthrax, Among the Living – 500,000 + sold
There you have it, your little Retro By Numbers for today. Now, enjoy the charts proper.
Notable Debuts: 
Motionless In White, Graveyard Shift (Roadrunner)
18,000 sold
The band’s fourth album is their second highest debut, selling way less than its predecessor. Must be a trend.
At The Drive-In, in•ter a•li•a (Rise)
14,000 sold
The band’s fourth album is their first in 17 years.
A Lot Like Birds, DIVISI (Equal Vision)
3,600 sold
This is the fourth album from this post-hardcore act.
Slaughter To Prevail, Misery Sermon (Sumerian)
2,300 sold
This is the band’s debut LP.
Full of Hell, Trumpeting Ecstasy (Profound Lore)
2,000 sold
This is the grindcore band’s third LP.
Incendiary, Thousand Mile Stare (Closed Casket)
1,800 sold
Latest LP from this hardcore ac
The Sword, Greetings From… (Razor & Tie)
1,700 sold
This is The Sword’s first live album.
Kingdom of Giants, All the Hell You’ve Got to Spare (InVogue)
1,300 sold
This is the band’s second LP.
Andy James, Exodus (Urban Yeti)
500 sold
The lauded guitarist releases his newest solo album.
God Dethroned, The World’s Ablaze (Metal Blade)
350 sold
The Dutch band’s tenth album is their first in seven years.
Hate, Tremendum (Napalm)
250 sold
This is the band’s tenth album.
Seven Kingdoms, Decennium (Napalm)
160 sold
This the band’s fourth album.
Notable Sales:
Incubus, 8 (Island)
10,000 sold
A 51% boost back up.






metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
9,300 sold

An 11% boost. Might be seeing more boosts now that their US tour has started.


Ayreon, The Source (Mascot)
2,300 sold

This has a better second week than most, dropping only by 4%.






Mastodon, Emperor of Sand (Reprise)
2,200 sold
A 17% drop with over 62,000 sold.
All That Remains, Madness (Razor & Tie)
2,100 sold
A 78% drop in week two.

skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
1,700 sold

A 35% boost with over 186,000 sold.



I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
1,400 sold

Another slight boost by 7%.



avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
1,100 sold

M. Shadows recently shared his thoughts on the album’s surprise release.





Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
1,000 sold

A 9% drop.


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

This sells about the same as last week.



Deep Purple, inFinite (earMusic)
850 sold

Over 12,000 sold.






Life of AgonyA Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm)
650 sold

A 78% drop in week two.


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

This sold about the same as last week.



While She Sleeps, You Are We (Sharptone)
400 sold
A 25% boost.

geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
300 sold

Half the sales of last week.



He Is Legend, Few (Spinefarm)
300 sold

A 93% drop in week two.

Pallbearer, Heartless (Profound Lore)
300 sold
This sells the same as last week.
Metal Church, Classic Live (Rat Pak)
1,900 sold
A second week 84% drop.

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

A second week drop of 77%.


through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
200 sold

Again, this sells the same as last week.



Pyramaze, Contingent (Inner Wound)
300 sold

Matt Barlow, formerly of Iced Earth, fronted this band for a time.



Chrysalis, Reminder (Self-Released)
200 sold
This sold about the same as it debuted with last week.
Night Demon, Darkness Remains (Century Media)
200 sold
Vocalist and bass player Jarvis Leatherby is also in the band Cirith Ungol.
Richie Kotzen, Salting Earth (CD Baby)
200 sold
About 1,800 sold.

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

A 77% drop.


Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
200 sold
Over 9,300 copies sold.

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

This falls like a wall after a 92% drop