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

It’s one of those weeks where it looks like everybody put out an album. We’ve got a lot of debuts this week, and while we can’t say we’re surprised that Alice In Chains ended up taking the top spot, they did make it to number 2, right behind the ever-successful Daft Punk album. That’s pretty bitchin’. And if that doesn’t please you enough, picture a Tyrannosaurus Rex trying unsuccessfully to play guitar with its tiny arms. If you don’t think that’s funny, then you are sad and we have no desire to speak with you.

Notable Debuts:

Alice In Chains, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here  (Virgin) #2, 61,050 sold

Alice In Chains take the top spot for sales this week with an album that has one of the best titles of the year.


TesseracT, Altered State (Century Media) #88, 4,100 sold

The band makes a quite a djent in the charts with their second album. An impressive debut for sure.


Skinny Puppy, Weapon (Metropolis) #123, 2,825 sold

On the industrial side of things, Skinny Puppy’s twelfth album has outdone the debut of its previous album.


Dark Tranquillity, Construct (Century Media) #143, 2,500 sold

Many people went out to get their Swedish melodic death metal fix with Dark Tranquility’s tenth album.


Kylesa, Ultraviolet (Season Mist) #145, 2,500 sold

The sludge metallers put out album number six, and have a pretty solid debut.


Black Star Riders, All Hell Breaks Loose (Nuclear Blast) #164, 2,125 sold

The band that features members of Thin Lizzy debuts on the charts.


ASG, Blood Drive (Relapse) 1,250 sold

This is the band’s fourth release and the first on Relapse.


Anvil, Hope In Hell (The End) 780 sold

The one and only Anvil has debuted with album number fifteen.


Sound of Contact, Dimensionaut (Inside Out) 470 sold

This band is front by Phil Collins’s son, Simon, who just so happens to perform vocals and drums.


Leprous, Coal (Inside Out) 340 sold

Want some prog metal out of Norway? You got it.


Notable Sales:

30 Seconds To Mars, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (Virgin) #34, 10,900 sold

It’s a 79% second week drop.


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #86, 4,150 sold

Over 85,000 copies sold in week eight.


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #104, 3,325 sold

Even a 14% drop can’t slow this album down.


Rob Zombie, Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor (T-Boy/UMe) #119, 2,875 sold

Just under 80,000 sold in week six.


Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 2 (Roadrunner) #129, 2,700 sold

A small boost for Corey Taylor and company.


Escape The Fate, Ungrateful (Eleven Seven) #134, 2,650 sold

A 40% drop with over 20,000 sold.


Killswitch Engage, Disarm The Descent (Roadrunner) #135, 2,600 sold

A small boost prevents this album from descending the charts too fast.


Device, Device (Warner Bros.) #137, 2,575 sold

Just under 70,000 sold in total.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #142, 2,500 sold

The 60,000 total mark in on the horizon.


Various Artists, Sound City: Reel to Real (RCA) #144, 2,500 sold

Dave Grohl and company have found their way back onto the charts.


Pop Evil, Onyx (Entertainment One) #165, 2,100 sold

POP! Goes the Evil. Well, not really, this dropped 39% this week.


The Dillinger Escape Plan, One Of Us Is The Killer (Sumerian) #183, 1,875 sold

Just under 20,000 sold for DEP’s new album.


Joe Satriani, Unstoppable Momentum (Epic) #186, 1,825 sold

Satch drops 23% this week.


Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #189, 1,775 sold

A small boost is just a small part of this album selling over 408,00o in total.


In This Moment, Blood (Century Media) #190, 1,775 sold

Over 161,000 sales at the moment.


Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #197, 1,725 sold

This is inching closer to the 500,000 mark.


Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #198, 1,675 sold

Could one also refer to the Wild Ones as Leather Rebels a la Judas Priest?


Kadavar, Abra Kadavar (Nuclear Blast) 650 sold

A big 50% boost indicates there may have been a bit of abra-kadabra going on.


Immolation, Kingdom of Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast) 500 sold

This ought to conspire to get more sales.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 480 sold

With an 11% boost, this isn’t too far off from cracking 30,000 total.


Orchid, Mouths of Madness (Nuclear Blast) 650 sold

Like labelmates Kadavar, this album gets a boost of 36%.


Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Mind Control (Metal Blade) 400 sold

I’m just saying, a picture of Uncle Sam turned into Uncle Acid would be a good idea.


U.D.O., Steelhammer (AFM) 400 sold

A drop of 49%.


A Pale Horse Named Death, Lay My Soul to Waste (SPV) 360 sold

As much as I like this album…Lay My Sales To Waste.


Burning Rain, Epic Obsession (Frontiers) 350 sold

Just how epic of an obsession is it that it garnered an whole album?


Otherwise, True Love Never Dies (Century Media) 340 sold

You know what else never dies? Jokes about how sales for this album never die.


Red Line Chemistry, Tug of War (Vertusent) 300 sold

This is walking the red line of selling and not selling.