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

At the beginning of the year, our friends over at Metal Injection posted a piece about why the metal scene is doing better than ever. After reading this story when it popped up again, I’d have to say I’m all in agreement, especially looking at things from a charts perspective. It’s crazy how many bands come pouring onto the debuts list every week, and while this week’s list isn’t as long as others, its certainly consistent with how well metal has done this year.


Notable Debuts:

Silent Planet, Everything Was Sound (Solid State) Debut #21, 6,850 sold

The band’s second album lands a solid debut in the top 25.



chelseagrinChelsea Grin, Self Inflected (Rise)
Debut #28
5,875 sold

This reaches about the same chart position as the band’s previous album, but that album sold over 10,000 in its first week.




fates warning theories of flightFates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
Debut #62
3,025 sold

Fates Warning’s twelfth album does even better than their previous album, which was their first in nine years.





through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
2,600 sold

The band’s debut album under their new moniker makes it to the top 75.






Circle-Of-Contempt-Structures-For-Creation-2016Circle of Contempt, Structures For Creation (SFC Music)
200 sold

This is the second album from this Finnish prog metal band, who put their last album out in 2009.







Remedy Lane Revisited (Remixed & Relived) (2016)Pain of Salvation, Remedy Lane Re:lived (InsideOut)
180 sold

This is the band’s fourth live album.








Notable Sales:

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Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#33 (from 43)
5,200 sold

This sold the same amount as last week, but now they’ve at least got a gold single.






warped tour 16Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
#44 (from 32)
4,250 sold

This doesn’t drop much in its second week. Only by 31%. These comps always sell well throughout the tour, which will be going on for a while more.






volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#46 (from 22)
4,175 sold

This takes a 20% drop, but it’s still sealing the deal and boogieing.






Whitechapel-Mark-of-the-BladeWhitechapel, Mark of the Blade (Metal Blade)
#86 (from 15)
2,275 sold

A 72% drop in week two, but they made their mark with a top 15 debut last week.







ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#88 (from 97)
2,275 sold

A small 3% boost, which is three percent less than it should be, given their album titled.






gojiramagmaGojira, Magma (Roadrunner)
#91 (from 64)
2,175 sold

A 31% drop in week three.






Pierce_The_Veil_-_Misadventures_usePierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#104 (from 92)
1,900 sold

A 20% drop with over 80,000 sold.






Hellyeah_Undeniable_albumartHellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#121 (from 102)
1,700 sold

A 23% drop, but a certain Phil Collins cover featuring a certain former bandmate of the drummer’s is getting some attention at rock radio, which might help them.






thousandfootkrutch_exhaleThousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
#125 (from 91)
1,650 sold

This may need a krutch after a 31% drop.








RobzombieelectricRob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#143 (from 133)
1,425 sold

Ten weeks on, this has sold over 70,000. While Zombie has a string of gold and platinum albums, this might not hit that mark, but at least he’s got a film career.








shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#152 (from 158)
1,375 sold

A slight drop of 2%, but they seem to be doing ok for themselves.








beartoothAGGRESSIVE_Beartooth, Aggressive (Red Bull)
#175 (from 186)
1,150 sold

A drop of 7%, which is pretty modest.







Bring Me The Horizon Happy SongBring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia)
#177 (from 121)
1,150 sold

On week 40, this takes a 36% drop with just under 160,000 sold.






Issues_HeadspaceIssues, Headspace (Rise)
#180 (from 176)
1,125 sold

A 13% boost is followed by a 13% drop.






breakingbenjaminBreaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#183 (from 194)
1,100 sold

A drop of 8%.






deftones gore album coverDeftones, Gore (Reprise)
#193 (from 136)
1,050 sold

A 36% drop with just under 110,000 sold.






Nails-You-Will-Never-Be-One-of-UsNails, You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)
830 sold

A 34% drop.








Ice Nine KillsIce Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
820 sold

An 8% boost is killer.







melvinsbassesloadedMelvins, Basses Loaded (Ipecac)
730 sold

This gets boosted back up after dropping off last week.







rivalsonshollowbonescdRival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
610 sold

A 23% drop.







the-browningThe Browning, Isolation (Spinefarm)
430 sold

An 84% drop in week two.








stitchedupheartStitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
390 sold

A 43% drop may require stitches.







darkfuneralwhereshadowscd-300x300Dark Funeral, Where Shadows Forever Reign (Century Media)
380 sold

A 38% drop, but can’t really complain after the huge boost from last week.







Wage_War_-_BlueprintsWage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
350 sold

A slight drop of 5%.


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

A 33% drop is scarring.







Denner_Shermann_masters_of_evil_2016wsfrontDenner/Shermann, Masters of Evil (Metal Blade)
250 sold

A 62% drop in week two.







katatonia-the-fall-of-hearts-300x300Katatonia, The Fall of Hearts (Peaceville)
240 sold

A 15% boost lifts the heart.







old woundsOld Wounds, The Suffering Spirit (Good Fight)
230 sold

A drop of 4%.







RSR_PZ_2400_REVRed Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
220 sold
A 29% drop.






fallujah dreamless 2016Fallujah, Dreamless (Nuclear Blast)
200 sold

A 26% boost back up after dropping off last week.