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

We don’t have too many debuts for you this week, though what we do have is pretty cool. We’re mainly talking about the fact that Mr. Philip H. Anselmo has released his first genuine solo album to a solid debut. It is a tad strange that this is actually a solo album since Phil is usually involved in so many other projects. After all, it’s not like he’s been a slouch, what with the split EP with Warbeast earlier this year and the Down EP last. We’ve also got sales from doom legends, sales for summer fests, and sales for albums that have popped up out of nowhere.


Notable Debuts

Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals, Walk Through Exits Only (Housecore) #35, 8,700 sold

The one and only Phil Anselmo gets a solid debut with his new solo album, with more sales expect when he comes around on tour with Warbeast.


Defeater, Letters Home (Bridge Nine) #70, 5,125 sold

This is the third album from this Massachusetts hardcore band.


Trouble, The Distortion Field (FRW) 760 sold

Doom/stoner legends Trouble return with a new album and a new singer, Kyle Thomas.


Evan Brewer, Your Itinerary (Sumerian) 440 sold

You might not recognize his name at first, but you’ve likely heard Evan Brewer play with Animosity and The Faceless.


Notable Sales


Black Sabbath, 13 (Universal) #28, 9,950 sold

A slight 20% drop, but this is still has sales as solid as iron (man).


Various Artists, 2013 Warped Tour Compilation (Side One Dummy) #59, 6,250 sold

Sure enough, this compilation gets a 15% boost in the wake of the tour.


Queens Of The Stone Age, …Like Clockwork  (Matador) #81, 4,675 sold

A 17% drop this week, but this album has sold over 152,000 in total.


Sleeping With Sirens, Feel (Rise) #91, 4,025 sold

Another week or so and this will cross the 100,000 mark.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #100, 3,450 sold

This got another tour magic boost of 11%.


Alice In Chains, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here  (Virgin) #101, 3,425 sold

While this gets an 11% drop.


Amon Amarth, Deceiver of the Gods (Metal Blade) #109, 3,250 sold

Over 30,000 sold in total.


Kid Rock, Rebel Soul (Atlantic) #111, 3,200 sold

A 42% drop for the (former) American badass.


Halestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #110, 3,000 sold

Nothing strange about over 255,000 sold for this album.


30 Seconds To Mars, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (Virgin) #130, 2,800 sold

A 16% boost for Jared Leto and company.


August Burns Red, Rescue & Restore (Solid State) #134, 2,700 sold

A 40% drop, but this album has also sold over 40,000 copies.


Falling In Reverse, Fashionably Late (Epitaph) #137, 2,650 sold

Something else is  falling too, namely sales by 16%


Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Universal/Republic) #148, 2,500 sold

At week 15, this album has sold over 106,000 copies.


Rob Zombie, Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor (T-Boy/UMe) #150, 2,450 sold

This got a slight Mayhem induced boost of 8% this week.


Black Veil Brides, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones (Lava/Universal Republic) #155, 2,375 sold

Just under 130,000 sold.


Pierce The Veil, Collide With The Sky (Fearless) #158, 2,275 sold

This has made its reappearance on the charts and will probably gain even more sales while the band tours with A Day To Remember in the fall.


Like Moths To Flames, An Eye For An Eye (Rise) #166, 2,175 sold

A 61% second week drop.


Megadeth, Super Collider (UMe) #169, 2,075 sold

There’s still a chance this will pick up more sales whilst Gigantour is going on.


Shinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #170, 2,075 sold

Once again, we’re seeing this album climb the charts boost by boost.


Battlecross, War of Will (Metal Blade) 1,175 sold

It’s a 57% second week drop, but the band is still getting Mayhem attention.


Butcher Babies, Goliath (Century Media) 1,000 sold

A 70% second week drop for these babies.


Fit For A King, Creation/Destruction (Tooth & Nail) 660 sold

A slight boost of 9% is quite kingly.


Crown The Empire, The Fallout (Rise) 640 sold

In week 35, this album continues to sell with a 14% and over 33,000 sold.


Black Star Riders, All Hell Breaks Loose (Nuclear Blast) 420 sold

All boosts break loose with a 39% increase this week.


Huntress, Starbound Beast (Napalm) 560 sold

Looks like this could use some Mayhem magic.


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 520 sold

A 32% drop for this week.


Scorpion Child, Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast) 390 sold

Mayhem seems to have done this album some good with a 26% boost.


Scale The Summit, The Migration (Prosthetic) 360 sold

This scales the charts a bit with an 8% boost.


Sirenia, Perils of the Deep Blue (Nuclear Blast) 360 sold

A second week drop of 61%.


Lord Dying, Summon The Faithless (Relapse) 310 sold

We actually missed this album debut last week with 460 sold.


Color Morale, Know Hope (Rise) 280 sold

This better hope for more sales.


Texas Hippie Coalition, Peacemaker (Carved) 280 sold

Once again, these Texan rockers are back on the charts. Barely.