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.
Nonpoint, The Poison Red (Spinefarm)
The band’s latest debuts higher than its predecessor, which was the band’s highest charting album.
Invent, Animate, Stillworld (Tragic Hero)
This sophomore effort doesn’t hit a slump in terms of sales; it sold more than double the band’s debut album.
Emarosa, 131 (Hopeless)
The band’s fourth album, first on Hopeless records, is their highest charting yet.
Vanna, All Hell (Pure Noise)
You may have noticed this trend, but this is Vanna’s best debut yet.
Gone Is Gone, Gone Is Gone (Rise)
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 Business, Command Your Weather (Joyful Noise)
The band’s fifth album has been gaining a bit of buzz lately and has the sales to prove it.
Inter Arma, Paradise Gallows (Relapse)
The band’s third album lands their best debut yet.
Spellcaster, Night Hides the World (Prosthetic)
This is this band’s third album and first on Prosthetic.
Semblant, Lunar Manifesto (EMP)
This is the second album from this Brazilian gothic metal band.
Loathe, Prepare Consume Proceed (SharpTone)
The re-release of the debut EP from this UK metalcore act.
Dust Bolt, Mass Confusion (Napalm)
This is the band’s third album.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#32 (from 33)
This is nearing 430,000 sold.
Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
#50 (from 44)
A 13% drop as the comp continues to sell.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#51 (from 46)
Over 80,000 sold.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#93 (from 88)
A 14% drop, but this has sold over 370,000 copies.
Gojira, Magma (Roadrunner)
#114 (from 91)
A 26% drop, but this album is still hot like…well, you know.
Hellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#116 (from 121)
!A 6% drop!
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#118 (from 183)
A 42% boost as this nears the 350,000 mark.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#120 (from 104)
It appierce to be a 18% drop.
Whitechapel, Mark of the Blade (Metal Blade)
#132 (from 86)
A 37% drop, but between Warped tour and their co-headliner with Suicide Silence, they should still get sales.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#142 (from 152)
A slight 1% boost. Also, the band’s third album The Sounds of Madness was recently certified Platinum.
Thousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
#157 (from 125)
Just under 20,000 sold.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#161 (from 143)
A 10% drop is not so electric (or anything else from the album title).
Silent Planet, Everything Was Sound (Solid State)
#172 (from 21)
An 82% drop in week two, but we’ll see if it has the staying power of its predecessor.
Issues, Headspace (Rise)
#189 (from 180)
A 2% drop with nearly 30,000 sold.
Fates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
#194 (from 62)
A 65% drop in week two.
Nails, You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)
A small boost of 6%.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
A tricky boost of 2%.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
A second week drop of 76%.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
Looks 35% boost stitches things up pretty well.
Rival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
A 16% drop breaks a few bones.
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
A boost of 6%.
The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick)
A big boost brings this back up thanks to the band’s tour with Erra.
Hail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
The sun shines with a 12% boost.
Dark Funeral, Where Shadows Forever Reign (Century Media)
A 23% drop reigns.
The Browning, Isolation (Spinefarm)
A 34% drop causes a brownout.
Melvins, Basses Loaded (Ipecac)
A 62% drop.
Denner/Shermann, Masters of Evil (Metal Blade)
A tiny drop of 1%.
Ghost Bath, Moonlover (Nuclear Blast)
The band’s first US tour has boosted this back up.
Old Wounds, The Suffering Spirit (Good Fight)
Suffer a slight drop of 3%.