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

Game of Thrones has been done for a few weeks now, and if you’re a fan you’ve likely heard by now that season seven has been delayed. Naturally, that’s led to the joke that George R.R. Martin, author of the books and often ridiculed for writing slowly, may actually finish the sixth book in that time (he’s been at it for about five years now). But those fans who also listen to metal may scoff at the amount of pissing and moaning going on over only five years between releases. After all, we’re no strangers to getting our hopes up over when new albums might be coming out. Just look at the most recent rumor regarding Tool’s new album a whole decade after their last one. When it comes to highly-anticipated releases, we should know by now that it’ll be done when it’s done and when the creators bless us with the news themselves.

Also, before we get to the charts, the total number of units sold for Megadeth’s Dystopia was requested. The album has sold over 125,700 copies so far this year and remains the top selling metal album to be released in 2016. Deftones follow in second with over 110,700 sold.


Notable Debuts:

Chevelle, The North Corridor (Epic) Debut #2 31,275 sold

Chevelle’s new album takes the number two spot, making it their highest charting album yet. It doesn’t sell quite as much as its predecessor though.


nonpointpoisonNonpoint, The Poison Red (Spinefarm)
Debut #16
7,350 sold

The band’s latest debuts higher than its predecessor, which was the band’s highest charting album.






invent animateInvent, Animate, Stillworld (Tragic Hero)
Debut #30
4,925 sold

This sophomore effort doesn’t hit a slump in terms of sales; it sold more than double the band’s debut album.





emarosaEmarosa, 131 (Hopeless)
Debut #40
4,425 sold

The band’s fourth album, first on Hopeless records, is their highest charting yet.






Vanna-All-HellVanna, All Hell (Pure Noise)
Debut #52
3,400 sold

You may have noticed this trend, but this is Vanna’s best debut yet.






gone is goneGone Is Gone, Gone Is Gone (Rise)
Debut #87
2,175 sold

The debut EP from the supergroup consisting of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, and At the Drive-In members is off to a solid start.





big businessBig Business, Command Your Weather (Joyful Noise)
Debut #110
1,700 sold

The band’s fifth album has been gaining a bit of buzz lately and has the sales to prove it.






interarmaInter Arma, Paradise Gallows (Relapse)
Debut #147
1,350 sold

The band’s third album lands their best debut yet.







nighthidesSpellcaster, Night Hides the World (Prosthetic)
520 sold

This is this band’s third album and first on Prosthetic.







semblantSemblant, Lunar Manifesto (EMP)
330 sold

This is the second album from this Brazilian gothic metal band.







Loathe-Prepare-Consume-Proceed-ep-cover-ghostcultmag-800x800Loathe, Prepare Consume Proceed (SharpTone)
290 sold

The re-release of the debut EP from this UK metalcore act.







nightboltDust Bolt, Mass Confusion (Napalm)
260 sold

This is the band’s third album.







Notable Sales:

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Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#32 (from 33)
4,850 sold

This is nearing 430,000 sold.






warped tour 16Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
#50 (from 44)
3,700 sold

A 13% drop as the comp continues to sell.






volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#51 (from 46)
3,650 sold

Over 80,000 sold.






ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#93 (from 88)
1,975 sold

A 14% drop, but this has sold over 370,000 copies.






gojiramagmaGojira, Magma (Roadrunner)
#114 (from 91)
1,625 sold

A 26% drop, but this album is still hot like…well, you know.






Hellyeah_Undeniable_albumartHellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#116 (from 121)
1,575 sold

!A 6% drop!






breakingbenjaminBreaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#118 (from 183)
1,575 sold

A 42% boost as this nears the 350,000 mark.






Pierce_The_Veil_-_Misadventures_usePierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#120 (from 104)
1,550 sold

It appierce to be a 18% drop.








Whitechapel-Mark-of-the-BladeWhitechapel, Mark of the Blade (Metal Blade)
#132 (from 86)
1,450 sold

A 37% drop, but between Warped tour and their co-headliner with Suicide Silence, they should still get sales.






shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#142 (from 152)
1,400 sold

A slight 1% boost. Also, the band’s third album The Sounds of Madness was recently certified Platinum.






thousandfootkrutch_exhaleThousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
#157 (from 125)
1,300 sold

Just under 20,000 sold.






RobzombieelectricRob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#161 (from 143)
1,275 sold

A 10% drop is not so electric (or anything else from the album title).






silent-planetSilent Planet, Everything Was Sound (Solid State)
#172 (from 21)
1,225 sold

An 82% drop in week two, but we’ll see if it has the staying power of its predecessor.






deftones gore album coverDeftones, Gore (Reprise)
#183 (from 193)
1,150 sold

A 10% boost is goregeous.






Issues_HeadspaceIssues, Headspace (Rise)
#189 (from 180)
1,100 sold

A 2% drop with nearly 30,000 sold.






fates warning theories of flightFates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
#194 (from 62)
1,075 sold

A 65% drop in week two.






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

A small boost of 6%.







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

A tricky boost of 2%.







through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
620 sold

A second week drop of 76%.







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

Looks 35% boost stitches things up pretty well.






rivalsonshollowbonescdRival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
510 sold

A 16% drop breaks a few bones.







Wage_War_-_BlueprintsWage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
370 sold

A boost of 6%.







the plot in youThe Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick)
310 sold

A big boost brings this back up thanks to the band’s tour with Erra.







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

The sun shines with a 12% boost.







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

A 23% drop reigns.







the-browningThe Browning, Isolation (Spinefarm)
290 sold

A 34% drop causes a brownout.








melvinsbassesloadedMelvins, Basses Loaded (Ipecac)
280 sold

A 62% drop.







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

A tiny drop of 1%.






ghostbathGhost Bath, Moonlover (Nuclear Blast)
240 sold

The band’s first US tour has boosted this back up.






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

Suffer a slight drop of 3%.