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

Ah, now that’s more like it. We’ve got a nice hefty list of debuts this week, and topping them all off is…yet another KISS compilation album. I mean, I love KISS as much as the next guy (or cat, or demon, whatever), but did anyone think of telling them to cool it on the greatest hits albums? It’s not like we really needed a whole compilation album made up of tracks from RevengePsycho Circus, and Kiss Unplugged. Even Iron Maiden only have seven and it feels like they put out a new one every other year. But you know, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and all that jazz. Anyway, the real attention is on the return of sludge icons Crowbar and Eyehategod in addition to many other solid debuts.

Notable Debuts:

KISS, KISS 40 (Universal) #30, 7,200 sold

In case you never managed to grab one of KISS’s previous twelve compilation albums, here’s another one to mark the band’s 40th anniversary.


Powerman 5000, Builders of the Future (UMe) #60, 4,200 sold

This industrial band has released its seventh studio album, and it seems like a solid amount of people still care!


Crowbar, Symmetry In Black (eOne) #64, 3,950 sold

Kirk Windstein and company return with their tenth studio album and their best chart position ever.


Eyehategod, Eyehategod (Housecore) #82, 3,225 sold

After 14 years, the legendary sludge metallers return.


Sabaton, Heroes (Nuclear Blast) #86, 3,100 sold

Who needs a history textbook when you have Sabaton’s seventh studio album?


Marty Friedman, Inferno (Prosthetic) #133, 2,100 sold

Friedman’s new solo album includes the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, David Davidson of Revocation, and more.


Young And In The Way, When Life Comes To Death (Deathwish) 1,275 sold

The second album from this blackened crust band is the band’s first on Deathwish Inc.


Bury Tomorrow, Runes (Nuclear Blast) 1,075 sold

This is the third album from this British melodic metalcore band.


Misery Index, Killing Gods (Season of Mist) 1,000 sold

Misery Index return with their fifth album and their first on Season of Mist.


Trash Talk, No Peace (Trash Talk Collective/Odd Future) 680 sold

The band plan to celebrate the release of their fifth album with a free tour.


Black Anvil, Hail Death (Relapse) 430 sold

This is the third album from these New York black metallers.


Serpentine Path, Emanation (Relapse) 410 sold

Another Relapse debut, this time from Serpentine Path.


Notable Sales:

Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #89, 3,000 sold

At week 40, this has reached over 476,000 sold in total.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #99, 2,725 sold

Another week, another couple thousand people who got around to picking up this album.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #102, 2,500 sold

An 18% drop is reckless.


Chevelle, La Gargola (Epic) #112, 2,500 sold

Almost forgot this was still on here. Then again, I’m sure I’m not alone.


Mushroomhead, The Righteous & The Butterfly (Megaforce) #135, 2,100 sold

A 43% drop is not so righteous.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #146, 2,000 sold

Over 220,000 sold.


Black Stone Cherry, Magic Mountain (Roadrunner) #153, 1,900 sold

A 31% drop isn’t so magical.


Black Label Society, Catacombs of the Black Vatican (eOne) #170, 2,325 sold

An unholy drop of 25%.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #173, 1,725 sold

This needs a few more weeks before it reaches the 400,000 mark.


Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise) #188, 1,650 sold

Over 110,000 sold.


Pop Evil, Onyx (Entertainment One) #152, 1,625 sold

What is a pop evil anyway?


Down, Down IV Part II (Down) #198, 1,575 sold

In case you missed it, that Pantera reunion still isn’t happening.


Agalloch, The Serpent & The Sphere (Profound Lore) 520 sold

Numbers might get a boost when the band head out on tour later this month.


Triptykon, Melana Chasmata (Century Media) 520 sold

A boost of 24%.


Miss Fortune, A Spark To Believe (Sumerian) 370 sold

A 74% drop.


Gemini Syndrome, Lux (Warner Bros.) 360 sold

A drop of -39%.


Prong, Ruining Lives (SPV) 520 sold

A 30% drop ruins things.


Kyng, Burn The Serum (Razor & Tie) 340 sold

A 16% drop really burns.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 330 sold

A small boost of 6%.


Butcher Babies, Goliath (Century Media) 320 sold

A butchered fall of 43%.