Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Apparently, next year is when Aerosmith is going to go on one last tour and call it quits. That doesn’t mean that they’re going to stop making music though. Joe Perry is off doing his Hollywood Vampires thing with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp (after a health scare) and Brad Whitford is hanging out with Ted Nugent singer Derek St. Holmes. And then there’s Steven Tyler, who went and made himself a country album. Metal? No, but it’s close enough to count in a week with not that many big debuts.
Steven Tyler, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere (Dot Records)
It’s been four years since the last Aerosmith album, but if you want to judge Tyler’s solo debut to that of Music From Another Dimension, that record sold 63,000 it’s first week, which is about 97,000 less than 2004’s Honkin’ On Bobo and 223,000 less than Just Push Play did back in 2001 when people bought records.
Cane Hill, Smile (Rise)
These New Orleans nu-metal revivalists, currently out on the Warped Tour, have a solid debut for their first full-length album. They just finished opening up for Bullet For My Valentine before starting Warped.
9electric, The Damaged Ones (Another Century)
This band, which features former members of Dry Kill Logic and Opiate For the Masses, has a solid debut. Like Cane Hill, they’re also nu-metal revivalists. In fact, an early EP had Wayne Static on it.
Scour, Scour (Housecore)
400 albums sold isn’t bad for the debut EP from a black metal band. However, once you take into consideration that the band involves Phil Anselmo and members of Cattle Decapitation, Animosity and Decrepit Birth, it’s a little less so. For obvious reasons, there hasn’t been too much press, which might have played into things a little.
16, Lifespan of a Moth (Relapse)
The Los Angeles sludge band’s seventh album has a pretty low debut
Blood Red Throne, Union of Flesh and Machine (Spinefarm/Candlelight)
Now that Candlelight is being distributed by Spinefarm, Norwegian death metal band Blood Red Throne’s latest album, their eighth full-length, probably has better distribution than some of their previous ones.
Chevelle, The North Corridor (Epic)
#24 (from 2)
A 77% second week drop doesn’t impact their sales that much after it’s big debut last week.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#27 (from 32)
A 26% bump might be due to the band’s appearance at Chicago Open Air. Or maybe that Simon & Garfunkel cover continuing to sell (it sold another 23,000 this week).
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#64 (from 51)
This has sold about 84,000 in seven weeks, which is a pretty good start for them
Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
#67 (from 50)
As dependable as swamp ass at a Warped Tour, this greatest hits of this year’s lineup just keeps on selling. It’s up to about 17,000 so far.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#75 (from 118)
Another big boost for Breaking Benjamin as this album gets a second life. A 74% boost puts it up over 350,000 sold.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#79 (from 93)
A nice 33% boost, likely from festival appearances. This will likely cross 375,000 sold next week.
Gojira, Magma (Roadrunner)
#109 (from 114)
In it’s fifth week, Magma actually has an increase in sales. Perhaps because they played Chicago Open Air and blew some people away that had never seen them before. That’s what we’re going with.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#117 (from 142)
It’s been almost out for a year, and the band’s fifth studio album keeps chugging along, having sold about 230,000 so far.
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#126 (from 120)
The band have a modest uptick in sales. Their video for “Circles,” co-starring Matt Pinfield, just made its way online a few days ago.
Hellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#149 (from 116)
This has sold over 35,000 copies in seven weeks.
Rob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#153 (from 161)
This moves just about the same about of units as it did last week, so maybe not everyone got a bump from Chicago Open Air. (Edit: But maybe that’s because he didn’t play there)
Invent, Animate, Stillworld (Tragic Hero)
#159 (from 30)
Sure, they had a 75% drop in their second week, but crushed it the first week.
Nonpoint, The Poison Red (Spinefarm)
#168 (from 16)
A sizable 84# drop in week #2 puts it at about 8,500 sold.
Thousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
#172 (from 157)
The Canadian rock band’s eighth album has sold about 20,000 so far in five weeks. Not bad, but not krutching it either.
Whitechapel, Mark of the Blade (Metal Blade)
#174 (from 132)
The band’s last album sold more in it’s first week (16,000) than this has in four weeks (about 13,000).
Beartooth, Aggressive (Red Bull)
This jumps back on the chart, and has sold about 25,000 so far.
Issues, Headspace (Rise)
#188 (from 189)
Everyone’s got issues, and about as many of you did this week as last week.
Deftones, Gore (Reprise)
#199 (from 183)
An 11% drop makes it look like this might not be hanging around the charts so much any more. And yes, that’s a shitty reference to Around the Fur.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
These guys are killing it (derp), selling close to what they sold last week.
Fates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
A 41% drop in it’s third week, this has sold about 4,700 so far.
Nails, You Will Never Be One Of Us (Nuclear Blast)
A 41% drop in its fifth week, but if you’re one to believe rumors, this might have stuck around longer on the charts than Nails are remaining a band.
Gone Is Gone, Gone Is Gone (Rise)
Gone is Gone isn’t gone yet, but they canceled the few shows they were going to play following their debut. and had a 76% second week drop.
Vanna, All Hell (Pure Noise)
An 86% second week drop means that they might not be able to afford to buy a vowel.
Through Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
Remember that band Emphatic? No? Well, Justin McCain’s new band has a third week drop of 29%.
Stitched Up Heart, Never Alone (Another Century)
In it’s fifth week, these guys have sold about 6,100 copies, so while they’re not millionaires yet, they’re probably not too heart up for cash either.
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
This sells about the same as it did last week. How come no one ever wages peace?
Rival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
This will hit 10,000 sold shortly. Not bad, but then again, we saw them play at the Garden opening for Sabbath earlier this year.
The Plot In You, Happiness In Self Destruction (Stay Sick)
This has a nice 18 % boost. Guess that tour with Erra wasn’t an erra on their part (heyoooo!)
Inter Arma, Paradise Gallows (Relapse)
A 75% second week drop is about normal.
Old Wounds, The Suffering Spirit (Good Fight)
A nice 40% jump up in sales in their fourth week.
Whitford St. Holmes, Reunion (Mailboat)
Tyler’s Aerosmith bandmate’s second album with Derek St. Holmes (the first was in 1981), has sold about 3,900 so far, so maybe they should put out a country album for their next one.
Big Business, Command Your Weather (Joyful Noise)
An 83% drop in its second week suggests that business is ok, but not that big. Hopefully there won’t be any downsizing.
In Dying Arms, Original Sin (Tragic Hero)
A sizable 133% increase form last week lands this death act’s fourth album back on the charts.
Hail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
In it’s fifth week ,this has sold about 3,700 so far.
Melvins, Basses Loaded (Ipecac)
This isn’t that much of a drop from last week, but they’ve probably recorded another two albums while you read this sentence.
Dark Funeral, Where Shadows Forever Reign (Century Media)
The band’s sixth album may slip off the charts next week, which will be it’s sixth.