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

You know, when you write this column enough times, you think you’re going to be able to predict what’ll have the best debut, what’s going to stick around longest, etc. And then Mushroomhead comes along and throws you for a loop. The band’s latest album took the top spot this week, and it’s sitting between Lorde and John Legend. Don’t let anyone tell you that nobody wants to listen to a masked, rapping industrial band because apparently people very much do. Also, check the numbers for Down and the newly formed Killer Be Killed.

Notable Debuts:

Mushroomhead, The Righteous & The Butterfly (Megaforce) #20, 10,725 sold

Landing in the top 20 makes this Mushroomhead’s best debut yet.


Down, Down IV Part II (Down) #23, 10,000 sold

The second EP from down manages to outdo its predecessor.


Killer Be Killed, Killer Be Killed (Nuclear Blast) #57, 5,475 sold

The well-publicized supergroup finally makes its way to the charts.


Bane, Don’t Wait Up (Equal Vision) #77, 3,825 sold

The band’s fourth and final album makes its debut.


Avatar, Hail The Apocalypse (eOne) #83, 3,550 sold

This is the fifth album from the Swedish band.


Devin Townsend, Casualties of Cool (HevyDevy) #159, 2,200 sold

The long-awaited album finally debuts with DT still hard at work on his next project.


Agalloch, The Serpent & The Sphere (Profound Lore) #182, 1,850 sold

With album number five, Agalloch nab a solid spot on the charts.


Sworn Enemy, Living on Borrowed Time (Rock Ridge) 1,650 sold

This is the latest from the New York hardcore act.


Structures, Life Through a Window (Sumerian) 1,600 sold

The Toronto-based Canadian progressive hardcore band’s sophomore album has a pretty solid debut.


Prong, Ruining Lives (SPV) 1,200 sold

Tommy Victor and co’s ninth album has a pretty solid debut. Want to read about how the album came about? Of course you do.


Only Crime, Pursuance (Rise) 620 sold

This is the third album from the melodic hardcore group that includes Aaron Dalbec (Bane, ex-Converge)


Hour of Penance, Regicide (Prosthetic) 580 sold

This is the sixth release from this technical death metal act.


King 810, Proem EP (Roadrunner) 430 sold

The band that no one knew about until they climbed aboard Mayhem Fest has a new EP.


Crobot, Crobot (Wind-Up) 420 sold

Another EP, this time from Crobot who are just finish a tour with Kyng and Kill Devil Hill.


Notable Sales:

Black Stone Cherry, Magic Mountain (Roadrunner) #76, 3,850 sold

Magic can’t keep this from dropping 69%.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #94, 3,275 sold

A pretty small 2% boost.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #98, 3,250 sold

A drop of 26%.


Chevelle, La Gargola (Epic) #101, 3,225 sold

“Gargola” means gargoyle, for the record.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #108, 3,050 sold

This has now sold over 250,000 in total.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #119, 2,825 sold

Just under 270,000 sold after a 2% boost.


Rodrigo y Gabriela, 9 Dead Alive (ATO Records) #120, 2,800 sold

A drop of 44% this week.


Black Label Society, Catacombs of the Black Vatican (eOne) #124, 2,700 sold

Just under 50,000 sold in total.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #155, 2,200 sold

Friendly reminder that there is a Pokémon named Volbeat.


Whitechapel, Our Endless War (Metal Blade) #173, 1,925 sold

An endless drop of 36%.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #174, 1,925 sold

This holds the same chart position as A Great Big World a.k.a. the duo that wrote that song that apparently makes everyone cry.


Pop Evil, Onyx (Entertainment One) #199, 1,650 sold

The band’s tour with Escape The Fate has brought this one back up a bit.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #200, 1,650 sold

This dropped of a bit and is now back on, but just barely.


Triptykon, Melana Chasmata (Century Media) 510 sold

In case you missed it, Thomas Gabriel Fischer spoke about the passing of artist H.R. Giger.


Kyng, Burn The Serum (Razor & Tie) 440 sold

Long live the Kyng.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 400 sold

Boosts giveth, 47% drops taketh away.


Adestria, Gilded Hearts (Artery) 440 sold

I keep misreading this as Gelded Hearts instead, which is unpleasant.


Insomnium, Shadows of the Dying Sun (Century Media) 390 sold

A sleep joke was already made last week, so I need a new pun. Guess I’ll sleep on it.


Devour the Day,  Time & Pressure (Fat Lady) 390 sold

These guys must be touring since this just got boosted back up.


Glass Cloud, Perfect War Forever (Equal Vision) 360 sold

You know what they say about people who live on glass clouds.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 350 sold

I saw someone post on Facebook about this band. So I now officially know someone who presumably owns this.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 330 sold

This dropped off last week, but is back with a 17% boost.


Righteous Vendetta, The Fire Inside (EBM) 320 sold

A small 6% boost keeps this fired up.


Butcher Babies, Goliath (Century Media) 320 sold

A 1% drop is more akin to David than Goliath.


Upon This Dawning, We Are All Sinners (Artery) 320 sold

A 26% drop has dawned upon this one.


Nothing, Guilty of Everything (Relapse) 320 sold

I just realized that if you put this on and someone asks you what you’re listening to, you can say “Nothing.” Clever.


Xandria, Sacrificium (Napalm) 310 sold

These guys will be touring with Sonata Arctica and Delain soon.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 290 sold

Something about chocolate.


Truckfighters, Universe (Fuzzorama) 270 sold

Looks like the band is picking up in popularity.


Fit For A King, Creation/Destruction (Tooth & Nail) 270 sold

This also pops up again thanks to a boost fit for a…well, some kind of monarch.