Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I’m spending my first summer in the south, and I have no elegant way of describing the heat that doesn’t involve using the words “hot” and “balls.” I sweat buckets just sitting in my car for two minutes even with the air on full blast. So isn’t it ironic that an album titled Magma would help alleviate the inferno at least on a mental level. Something about Gojira’s sound makes them sound as cool as the polar ice caps, which aren’t necessarily as cool as they used to be but, hey, still pretty cool. And they’re #13 on the Billboard, which is certainly one of coolest things you’ll hear all day.
Gojira, Magma (Roadrunner) Debut #13, 17,050 sold
Gojira landed their best debut yet in the top 25. 2012’s L’Enfant Sauvage sold 11,000 its first week.
Thousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
This is a solid debut, though not as good as their last one.
I See Stars, Treehouse (Sumerian)
The bands fifth album is off to a good start despite not having a debut as good as 2013’s New Demons.
Nails, You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)
Not surprisingly, the band’s third LP is their debut best yet by a wide margin.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
The debut album of this LA hard rock band is off to a respectable start.
Hail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
The band’s third album is also its first on Equal Vision.
Unlocking the Truth, Chaos (TuneCore)
After a much storied process of leaving Sony, the band’s debut album is finally out.
Wolves In The Throne Room, Diadem of 12 Stars (Artemisia)
This is the 2016 reissue of the band’s debut album.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#29 (from 17)
This sticks to the top 30 after a 32% drop.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#41 (from 37)
A 6% hasn’t slowed this down much. Also, “Sound of Silence” is the 24th most downloaded song this year so far.
Hellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#75 (from 45)
A 38% drop with a little under 30,000 sold.
Thrice, To be Everywhere is to be Nowhere (Vagrant)
#87 (from 99)
Touring magic has seen fit to give this a 19% boost.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#88 (from 66)
A 22% drop with over 75,000 sold.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#95 (from 100)
An 8% boost brings this to just under 365,000 sold.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#108 (from 110)
This sold almost the same amount as last week.
Saosin, Along The Shadow (Epitaph)
This makes its way back onto the charts just in time for Rockstar’s Taste of Chaos tour.
Beartooth, Aggressive (Red Bull)
#160 (from 92)
A 39% drop with just under 20,000 sold
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#162 (from 175)
After 40 weeks, this has sold over 225,000 units.
Megadeth, Dystopia (Tradecraft/UMe)
This climbs back onto the charts again with a 16% boost.
Rival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
#183 (from 36)
A big 77% drop in week two.
Lacuna Coil, Delirium (Century Media)
#193 (from 103)
A 45% drop.
Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia)
A 14% boost bring this back above the horizon.
Katatonia, The Fall of Hearts (Peaceville)
A 32% fall.
Sumac, What One Becomes (Thrill Jockey)
This drops by 81% in week two.
Gorguts, Pleiades’ Dust (Season of Mist)
A small boost of 7%.
Melvins, Basses Loaded (Ipecac)
A drop of 47%.
Scorpion Child, Acid Roulette (Nuclear Blast)
A 69% drop in week two.
Fallujah, Dreamless (Nuclear Blast)
A nice 36% boost is dreamy.
Candlemass, Death Thy Lover (Napalm)
Only a 1% drop difference from last week.
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
A 73% boost brings this back up.