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

The debuts are a bit bare bones this week (actually the charts are pretty small in general). That’s partly because of two bands I chose not to include: Incubus and Hinder. Nothing personal against Incubus, it’s just that their eligibility is questionable and  the last time they were in one of our headlines it was only because the name Deftones wasn’t far behind. As for Hinder…well, I shouldn’t have to give a reason for that. I’m sure you won’t miss them and you’ve lots more to look forward to next week anyway.


Notable Debuts: 

Veil of Maya, Matriarch (Sumerian) #21, 9,400 sold

The band nabs its best debut yet on album five.


Sirenia, The Seventh Life Path (Napalm) 1,000 sold

This is the Norwegian band’s seventh release.


Notable Sales:
Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #53, 5,025 sold

A wild drop of 21%


Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #69, 3,775 sold

A 25% drop is more like a kiss on the cheek than a full-on makeout sesh.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #120, 2,150 sold

Another slight drop of 9%.


Hollywood Undead, Day of the Dead (Interscope) #112, 2,025 sold

A 24% drop is dead-on.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #132, 2,000sold

A drop of 15%.


Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #133, 2,050 sold

After 30 weeks on the charts, this has sold over 323,000 copies.


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #155, 1,750 sold

Rocking a 16% drop.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #169, 1,575 sold

Over 463,000 sold, not counting the Letterman boost they might get.


Sleeping With Sirens, Madness (Epitaph) #177, 1,525 sold

A 6% drop.


Kamelot, Haven (Napalm) #180, 1,525 sold

A second week drop of 80%. That’s elot.


Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) #181, 1,500 sold

A drop of 14%.


Six Feet Under, Crypt of the Devil (Metal Blade) 690 sold

This drops in week two by 65%.


Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 470 sold

This dropped off last week, but it’s back now.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 430 sold

Looks like I spoke too soon last week as this got boosted by 47%.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 420 sold

Oh hey, Babymetal’s back on the charts! And just under 20,000 sold.


We Are Harlot, We Are Harlot (Roadrunner) 380 sold

A tiny drop of 3%.


Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie (Earache) 370 sold

Damn son, a 26% boost.


Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 320 sold

This pops up again after a 56%.


Korpiklaani, Noita (Nuclear Blast) 710 sold

A second week drop of 56%.


Ice Nine Kills, The Predator Becomes the Prey (Outerloop) 270 sold

A slip on the ice leads to a 42% drop.