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.
Motionless In White, Graveyard Shift
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
The band’s fourth album is their first in 17 years.
A Lot Like Birds, DIVISI
This is the fourth album from this post-hardcore act.
Slaughter To Prevail, Misery Sermon (Sumerian)
This is the band’s debut LP.
Full of Hell, Trumpeting Ecstasy
This is the grindcore band’s third LP.
Incendiary, Thousand Mile Stare
Latest LP from this hardcore ac
The Sword, Greetings From… (Razor & Tie)
This is The Sword’s first live album.
Kingdom of Giants, All the Hell You’ve Got to Spare
This is the band’s second LP.
Andy James, Exodus
The lauded guitarist releases his newest solo album.
God Dethroned, The World’s Ablaze (Metal Blade)
The Dutch band’s tenth album is their first in seven years.
This is the band’s tenth album.
Seven Kingdoms, Decennium
This the band’s fourth album.
Incubus, 8 (Island)
A 51% boost back up.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
An 11% boost. Might be seeing more boosts now that their US tour
Ayreon, The Source
This has a better second week than most, dropping only by 4%.
Mastodon, Emperor of Sand
A 17% drop with over 62,000 sold.
All That Remains, Madness (Razor & Tie)
A 78% drop in week two.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
A 35% boost with over 186,000 sold.
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
Another slight boost by 7%.
Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
M. Shadows recently shared his thoughts on the album’s surprise release.
Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
A 9% drop.
Falling In Reverse, Coming Home (Epitaph)
This sells about the same as last week.
Deep Purple, inFinite (earMusic)
Over 12,000 sold.
Life of Agony, A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm)
A 78% drop in week two.
Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs EP
This sold about the same as last week.
While She Sleeps, You Are We
A 25% boost.
Gemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
Half the sales of last week.
He Is Legend, Few
This sells the same as last week.
Metal Church, Classic Live
A second week 84% drop.
Fates Warning, Awaken The Guardian Live (Metal Blade)
A second week drop of 77%.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
Again, this sells the same as last week.
Pyramaze, Contingent (Inner Wound)
Matt Barlow, formerly of Iced Earth, fronted this band for a time.
This sold about the same as it debuted with last week.
Night Demon, Darkness Remains (Century Media)
Vocalist and bass player Jarvis Leatherby is also in the band Cirith Ungol.
Richie Kotzen, Salting Earth
About 1,800 sold.
Between The Buried And Me, Coma Ecliptic Live (Metal Blade/Good Fight)
A 77% drop.
Power Trip, Nightmare Logic
Over 9,300 copies sold.
Terror, The Walls Will Fall (Pure Noise/Triple-B Records)
This falls like a wall after a 92% drop