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

Well, we knew this might happen. Inevitably, when an artist dies, their sales increase. Old fans that grew up on a band’s music pick up the album that meant so much to them that they might have only had on CD or cassette.Others find listening to an artist’s music is the best way to mourn them. Either way, last week’s sad suicide of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington found their albums returning to the chart, with One More Light, just nine weeks old, becoming the #2 most-sold album in the country, kept only from the top by their former Collision Course EP-mate Jay Z. Meanwhile, Canadian post-hardcore/emo band Silverstein had a great debut week.

Notable Debuts: 
Silverstein, Dead Reflection (Rise)
Debut #13
9,900 sold
This is the band’s fifth album since 2011, but the band continue to sell well, so maybe look for another one next year. 
Various Artists, Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 7 (Fearless)
Debut #26
5,400 sold
If you like hearing bands you don’t know covering  pop songs you don’t like, you’re one of the many that picked this one up. Then again, maybe Amity Affliction covering The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face” is good? (OK, they’re one of the few bands we do know).
Dayseeker, Dreaming is Sinking /// Waking is Rising  (Spinefarm)
Debut #109
1,500 sold

The metalcore band’s first record for Spinefarm is a concept album.



Boris, Dear (Sargent House)
Debut #117 
1,450 sold

This is the Japanese band’s follow-up to the three full length albums they put out in 2015. But hey, Tool, do whatever you want.

Integrity, Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume (Relapse)
Debut #151
1,150 sold
That’s a pretty modest debut for such a crushing album. W’ere going to be seeing this one on a lot of year-end top ten lists, we’re thinking.
Bloodclot, Up In Arms (Metal Blade) 
780 sold
Cr0 Mags founder John Joseph’s hardcore supergroup (feat. former members of Queens of the Stone Age and Danzig) has a pretty solid first week.
Expulsion, Nightmare Future (Relapse)
330 sold
What do you get when you combine members of Exhumed, Repulsion, Intronaut and Lightning Swords of Death? over 300 of you found out.
Edguy, Monuments (Nuclear Blast)
200 sold
A two-disc compilation album to celebrate the German power metal band’s 25th anniversary, this also contains five new songs. Seems like there wasn’t too much of an appetite for it here though.
Notable Sales:
Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#2 (from 65)
18,00 sold

A 730% increase from last week, and that’s with only three days of sales after Bennington’s death.




metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#21 (from 19)
6,550 sold

This sells almost exactly what it did last week.



Nickelback, Feed the Machine (BMG)
#29 (from 22)
4,900 sold
This continues to drop in it’s fifth week, having sold 72,000 copies so far.




Stone SourHydrograd (Roadrunner)
#37 (from 21)
6,300 sold

Dropping 34% from last week, this has sold about 41,000 in three weeks.





Various Artists, Vans Warped Tour 2017 (SideOneDummy)
#55 (from 43)
2,800 sold
The annual Warped Tour comp has sold about 13,000 so far, which isn’t band for a comp that pretty much only sells while the tour’s happening,


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I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#111 (from 127)
1,500 sold

This album gets an impressive 25% boost, made more impressive when you factor in that it’s been on the charts for 37 weeks and has sold about 85,000 so far.


Rise Against, Wolves (Virgin)
#135 (from 98)
1,250 sold
This continues to drop, and is down another 22% in it’s 6th week. 

Seether, Poison The Parish (Canine Riot)
#122 (from 135)
1,400 sold

This gets a boost in it’s 10th week, likely from Chicago Open Air. It’s sold 50,000




Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#174 (from 156)
1,025 sold

This album has been on the charts for nearly a year.


The Acacia Strain, Gravebloom (Rise)
#176 (from 118)
975 sold

Still hanging in there in it’s third week.



Incubus, 8 (Island)
#187 (from 170)  
920 sold
This sells about the same as last week. The band’s tour with Jimmy Eat World is likely helping.





Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#190 (from 168)
900 sold

This also sells similar to last week.



Hundredth, Rare (Hopeless Records)
825 sold
This nearly doubles in sales from last week.



Decapitated, Anticult (Nuclear Blast)

630 sold
The band’s seventh album falls 77% in it’s second week, but their tour and the critical acclaim should keep it top of mind.


King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Murder Of The Universe (ATO Records)
540 sold
These guys keep putting out albums, and their heavy psych/folk is wildly entertaining. Their third album this year drops 28% in it’s fourth week.



Dying Fetus, Wrong One To Fuck With (Relapse)
500 sold
This has sold 6,900 copies in four weeks.

Melvins, A Walk With Love And Death (Ipecac Recordings)
500 sold
A 77% week two drop. The band’s in the middle of a tour in support of this album that’s going to last for a few more months though.


 Sworn In, All Smiles (Fearless)
500 sold
This sells about the same as it did last week in it’s third week. 
Municipal Waste, Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast)
450 sold
This has sold close to 6,000 albums in it’s three weeks on the chart. 
Origin, Unparalleled Universe (Nuclear Blast)
370 sold
This technical death metal band’s seventh album falls a bit in it’s third week.  
Goatwhore, Vengeful Ascension (Metal Blade)
340 sold
A 30% drop in week four isn’t band, but it’s some vengeful descension.

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

The band’s first 2017 album has a 64% gain. It’s been out for five months. 




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

Another boost for a 2017 album from the Australian weirdos. 




Suffocation, Of The Dark Light (Nuclear Blast)
275 sold
A 10% drop.



Alestorm, No Grave But The Sea (Napalm)
240 sold
This increases in sales. And Ales. Thanks Warped tour!


Knocked Loose, Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)
210 sold

Another band to benefit from Warped, this has sold 10,ooo.



Righteous Vendetta, Cursed (Century Media)
200 sold
A 10% drop.