Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
There weren’t too many debuts this week compared to previous weeks, but we do have another hard rock/metal album taking the number one spot. In other news, I took a good look at the Spotify charts for the first time and (surprise) there’s nothing relevant to metal on there. It’s Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, and DJ Kahled (who I have still not heard one song from, who is this guy?) Actually there is one thing relevant to metal on there: on the chart title “UK Viral 10”, Alestorm’s “Fucked With an Anchor” is sitting in the number eight spot. So, good on the UK and Alestorm.
Notable Debuts: 
Stone Sour, Hydrograd (Roadrunner)
Debut #1
30,300 sold

The Acacia Strain, Gravebloom (Rise)
Debut #34
5,100 sold

The band’s eighth album nabs a good chart position, but it sold less than its predecessor.

Origin, Unparalleled Universe (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #108
1,775 sold
Origin’s latest edged out its predecessor for a better debut.
Sworn In, All Smiles (Fearless)
Debut #126
1,500 sold
Sworn In’s latest sold roughly half of what their last album’s debut.
Notable Sales:
Nickelback, Feed the Machine (BMG)
#19 (from 13)
7,925 sold
A 28% drop with over 60,000 sold.

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#40 (from 41)
4,550 sold

A 9% boost.


Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#67 (from 71)
2,700 sold

A 10% boost shines some light.





Rise Against, Wolves (Virgin)
#88 (from 69)
2,175 sold
Hungry like a wolf for a 14% drop
Various Artists, Vans Warped Tour 2017 (SideOneDummy)
#89 (from 60)
2,125 sold
A 27% drop.

Seether, Poison The Parish (Canine Riot)
#133 (from 128)
1,400 sold

A 6% boost.



Dying Fetus, Wrong One To Fuck With (Relapse)
#157 (from 39)
1,175 sold
A 74% drop in week two.

Papa Roach, Crooked Teeth (Eleven Seven Music)
#162 (from 129)
1,100 sold

A 15% drop with just under 30,000 sold.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#171 (from 162)
1,050 sold

A tiny decrease by 1%.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#173 (from 166)
1,050 sold

This sold about the same as last week.





King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Murder Of The Universe (ATO Records)
#181 (from 28)
1,000 sold
A drop of 84% in week two.
Municipal Waste, Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast)
#186 (from 44)
970 sold
A second week 75% drop.
Goatwhore, Vengeful Ascension (Metal Blade)
680 sold
A 79% drop in week two.
Hundredth, Rare (Hopeless Records)
580 sold
A 32% drop.


Righteous Vendetta, Cursed (Century Media)
510 sold
A 57% boost feels righteous.
Suffocation, Of The Dark Light (Nuclear Blast)
450 sold
A 38% drop.






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

This gets a 15% boost.






CHON, Homey (Sumerian)
320 sold
A 79% drop with over 10,000 sold.




Alestorm, No Grave But The Sea (Napalm)
280 sold
A 29% drop ales this album.






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

KGATLW still have 3 LP’s on here, even after a 17% drop.






Broken Hope, Mutilated And Assimilated (Century Media)
260 sold
A 62% drop in week two.

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

This got boosted back up following the conclusion of their tour and in addition to being a reduced price on iTunes.



Anathema, The Optimist (Kscope)
200 sold
A drop of 6%.

Oceano, Revelation (Sumerian Records)
200 sold

This gets boosted up a few weeks ahead of the band’s stint on the Summer Slaughter Tour.


Mutoid Man, War Moans (Sargent House)
180 sold
A 14% boost back up.






Carach Angren, Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten (Season Of Mist)
180 sold
This popped back up on the charts despite a 5% drop.