Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I did my usual check up on upcoming releases for 2017 and good god June is packed. Last week saw a slew of releases helmed by SikTh’s first LP in over a decade, but next couple of weeks include everything from Suffocation to Iced Earth to Dying Fetus to Origin just to name a few. There’s even a new CKY album coming out if that’s your sort of thing. Also, Iron Maiden are currently making their way around the US this month, and you bet your sweet boots I’ll be seeing them for my fifth time. Needless to say, it’s a good start to summer for metal music.
Notable Debuts: 
Danzig, Black Laden Crown (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)
Debut #20
6,475 sold
Danzig’s first LP of original material in seven years had a better debut than his 2015 covers album, but only a little more than half of the 12,000 that Deth Red Sabouth sold back in 2010.
Alestorm, No Grave But The Sea (Napalm Records)
Debut #39
3,750 sold
The band’s fifth studio album is their best debut yet in the US, selling more than double its predecessor.




The Letter Black, Pain (EMP)
Debut #64
2,475 sold

The band’s fourth LP is their first in four years and their highest charting yet.





Mark Slaughter, Halfway There (EMP)
Debut #149
1,100 sold

This is the second solo album from the frontman of the glam band Slaughter.





Sólstafir, Berdreyminn (Season of Mist)
540 sold

This is the Icelandic band’s sixth LP. It’s also the music I’ve been listening to while writing out the charts!





In Hearts Wake, Ark (UNFD/Rise Records)
Debut #192
900 sold

The band’s fourth album charted a #3 in their native Australia.





Wind Rose, Stonehymn (Inner Wound)
260 sold

This is the third LP from the Italian power metal band.




Notable Sales:
Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#13 (from 1)
10,300 sold

A 90% drop doesn’t take this down too far in week two.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#32 (from 15)
4,325 sold

A 56% drop.





Papa Roach, Crooked Teeth (Eleven Seven Music)
#40 (from 9)
3,750 sold

A second-week drop of 80%.





Seether, Poison The Parish (Canine Riot)
#51 (from 34)
3,175 sold

A 39% drop with nearly 40,000 sold.





Incubus, 8 (Island)
#87 (from 149)
1,825 sold
A big boost of 51% with just under 70,000 sold.





Scale The Summit, In A World Of Fear (Self-Released)
101 (from 191)
1,575 sold

This has a much better second-week, boosting by 56%.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#120 (from 110)
1,275 sold

A 21% drop with over 190,000 sold.





Mastodon, Emperor of Sand (Reprise)
#133 (from 107)
1,200 sold
A 28% drop.





beartoothAGGRESSIVE_Beartooth, Aggressive (Red Bull)
#138 (re-entry)
1,175 sold

A surge in sales brings this back on the charts nearly a year after being released.





Motionless In White, Graveyard Shift (Roadrunner)
#152 (from 104)
1,100 sold
A 36% drop.

volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#188 (from 194)
910 sold

An 8% drop.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#191 (from 161)
900 sold

A drop of 21%.





Rammstein, Rammstein: Paris  (Spinefarm)
#193 (from 91)
890 s0ld

A 55 drop in week two.





A Killer’s Confession, Unbroken (EMP)
570 sold
This dropped off after its debut a month ago, but now its been boosted back up.




King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity (ATO)
440 sold

A 63% boost in sales. Meanwhile, the band’s latest album is a few spots below.






A Lot Like Birds, DIVISI (Equal Vision)
420 sold
A 46% drop.

The Obsessed, Sacred (Relapse)
390 sold

This gets boosted back up on the charts.



Oceano, Revelation (Sumerian Records)
390 sold

This takes an 89% drop after the band’s best debut yet.


Ayreon, The Source (Mascot)
280 sold
A boost of 19%.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
270 sold

A 91% brings this back on the charts.


Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
240 sold
A 23% boost is a trip.

hailthesun_culturescarsHail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
240 sold

This pops up yet again.



fire from the godsFire From the Gods, Narrative (Rise)
620 sold

This jumped from selling 90 copies to over 600. They’ll be on Warped Tour.






Loss, Horizonless (Profound Lore)
170 sold
A second week drop of 58%.
Chrysalis, Reminder (Self-Released)
160 sold
A 32% drop.