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

Well, this is certainly heftier than last week. Just like I said it would be. As is common for large debut lists, you’ve got band’s making comebacks, a few EP’s, younger bands trying to keep up the buzz, and Deep Purple cover album by Whitesnake (well, that one’s not so common, but it’s there). Of course, the big kahuna here is arguably the most anticipated album of the year thus far: Sol Invictus from Faith No More. How’d it do? Take a wild guess.


Notable Debuts: 

Faith No More, Sol Invictus (Ipecac) #6, 30,775 sold

The band returns with its first album since 1997’s Album of the Year.


Silverstein, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch (Rise) #19, 13,350 sold

The post-hardcore act’s eighth album gets a solid top 20 debut.


Sammy Hagar & The Circle, At Your Service (Mailboat)  #36, 7,250 sold

A double live album featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson.


Coal Chamber, Rivals (Napalm) #39, 7,125 sold

The band’s first album in 13 years cracks the top 40.


Whitesnake, The Purple Album (Frontiers) #43, 6,900 sold

This album contains remakes of songs from David Coverdale’s days in Deep Purple.


Haste The Day, Coward  (Solid State) #50, 5,875 sold

The band sixth album makes the top 50.


Weedeater, Goliathan (Season of Mist) 1,000 sold

The stoner metallers release their (awesomely titled) fifth album.


Earth Crisis, The Discipline (Bullet Tooth) 600 sold

This new EP features re-recorded tracks and demos.


Valkyrie, Shadows (Relapse) 470 sold

This is the third album from the Virginian hard rock act, a side project of Baroness guitarist Pete Adams.


Will Haven, Open The Mind To Discomfort (Artery) 370 sold

The band’s first release since 2011 is a new EP.


Entrails, Obliteration (Metal Blade) 300 sold

This is album number four for the Swedish death metallers.



Secrets of the Sky, Pathway (Metal Blade) 260 sold

Our own Chip McCabe had some good things to say about the band’s sophomore release.


Notable Sales:
Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #65, 4,750 sold

Approaching 90,000 sold.


Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #97, 3,125 sold

Just under 260,000 sold.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #127, 2,275 sold

A 14% boost at the moment.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #129, 2,200 sold

The pretty boost of 2%.


Hollywood Undead, Day of the Dead (Interscope) #137, 2,100 sold

A slight boost of 3%


Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner) #141, 2,000 sold

A 4% boost following the five-year mark since Paul Gray’s death.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #142, 2,000 sold

The Letterman boost brings this up 27%.


Veil of Maya, Matriarch (Sumerian) #144, 1,975 sold

A second week drop of 79%.


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #168, 1,675 sold

Slight drop of 5%.


Papa Roach, F.E.A.R. (Eleven Seven) #192, 1,500 sold

The band’s current tour has boosted this back on the charts by 42%.


Six Feet Under, Crypt of the Devil (Metal Blade) 540 sold

This took a trip down the crypt with a 21% drop.


Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie (Earache) 420 sold

Another boost of 12%


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 410 sold

A slight drop of 5%.


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

This sold about the same as last week.


From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 380 sold

Looks like the band’s tour with Five Finger Death Punch has gotten them some attention.


Like a Storm, Awaken The Fire (Century Media) 350 sold

A 25% drop storms in.


Korpiklaani, Noita (Nuclear Blast) 310 sold

A tiny 2% drop.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 300 sold

A 29% drop, baby, but this is still approaching 20,000 sold in the states.


Sirenia, The Seventh Life Path (Napalm) 300 sold

A second week drop of 70%.


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

This sold about the same as last week.


Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 260 sold

Goddamn, a 19% drop.