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

Hope you all had a happy Fourth of July and that you still have the same amount of digits as you did last week. And that you didn’t decide to drive around after knocking back some Budwei- er, sorry, America beer. It’s just as well that Budweiser should (temporarily) rename themselves America since most of our big name beers are tasteless and smell a bit like urine, so why not have one that just represents them all? Say what you want about the Brits, but even their shitty beer is actually beer compared to whatever hell is in those cans.  But, you know, no judgement. Anyway, Whitechapel topped the charts and Warped Tour is in full swing.


Notable Debuts:

Whitechapel, Mark of the Blade (Metal Blade) Debut #15, 8,000 sold

A #15 debut is nothing to shake a saw blade at, but Whitechapel’s latest debuted with roughly half the amount of their previous album.




warped tour 16Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
6,150 sold

Ah, yes, here it is. As usual, there’s a helping of metal on this compilation supplied by Whitechapel, Every Time I Die, Veil of Maya, and Atreyu among others.





the-browningThe Browning, Isolation (Spinefarm)
Debut #77
2,750 sold

The band’s third album is their best selling yet. I still maintain that their name is rather unfortunate.






stevevaimoderncdSteve Vai, Modern Primitive (Sony)
Debut #100
2,225 sold

Steve Vai’s ninth studio album is his first since 2012.





DDenner_Shermann_masters_of_evil_2016wsfrontenner/Shermann, Masters of Evil (Metal Blade)
650 sold

The original Mercyful Fate guitarists release their debut LP.






apothesaryApothesary, Sensory Overload (M-Theory Audio)
280 sold

This is a new EP from California arena death metal act.





Notable Sales:

volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#42 (from 29)
5,225 sold

A 33% drop with nearly 75,000 sold, but don’t feel bad for them. “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” has been #1 at active rock for nine weeks in a row, and they’ll keep selling.






disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#43 (from 41)
5,200 sold

Another 6% drop, similar to last week, but this has sold over 415,000 so far, and their “Sound of Silence” cover sold another 25,000 copies this week.






gojiramagmaGojira, Magma (Roadrunner)
#64 (from 13)
3,175 sold

An 81% drop in week two. Also, it’s one of our favorites so far this year (well, for three of us anyways)! This has sold 20,000 so far.






thousandfootkrutch_exhaleThousand Foot Krutch, Exhale (TFK)
#91 (from 17)
2,400 sold

This took a 83% drop in week two.






Pierce_The_Veil_-_Misadventures_usePierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#92 (from 88)
2,375 sold

A 16% drop, but it will pierce the 80,000 mark next week.






ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#97 (from 95)
2,225 sold

You got a 13% drop. over 365k sold so far.






Hellyeah_Undeniable_albumartHellyeah, Unden!able (Eleven Seven)
#102 (from 75)
2,200 sold

A 32% drop. Hellno.






Bring Me The Horizon Happy SongBring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia)
#121 (from 195)
1,800 sold

This nabs a big 43% boost after re-entering the charts last week. 158,000 sold.







thricealbum2016Thrice, To be Everywhere is to be Nowhere (Vagrant)
#133 (from 87)
1,650 sold

A 42% drop puts this at the same position as…







RobzombieelectricRob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#133 (from 108)
1,650 sold

… this one, which has a 24% drop with just under 70,000 sold.







deftones gore album coverDeftones, Gore (Reprise)
#136 (from 101)
1,625 sold

A 30% drop. Oh gorsh.






shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#158 (from 162)
1,500 sold

A drop of 8%.






Issues_HeadspaceIssues, Headspace (Rise)
#176 (Re-entry)
1,300 sold

Looks like Warped Tour gave this band a few more fans with a 13% boost.





Motörhead_-_Clean_Your_ClockMotörhead, Clean Your Clock (UDR)
#178 (Re-entry)
1,275 sold

This didn’t actually enter the 200 when it debuted, but finally did with an absolutely gigantic boost of 498%. No, not a typo; this sold 200 copies last week.







Nails-You-Will-Never-Be-One-of-UsNails, You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)
#184 (from 41)
1,250 sold

A second week drop of 76%. We saw about 1,250 Nails shirts last night at the Converge/Quicksand show in Brooklyn last night though, so at least they’re cleaning up on merch.








beartoothAGGRESSIVE_Beartooth, Aggressive (Red Bull)
#186 (from 160)
1,250 sold

Can this bear a drop of 20%?







breakingbenjaminBreaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#194 (Re-entry)
1,200 sold

A 6% boost brings this back on the the charts. 345,000 sold so far.






rivalsonshollowbonescdRival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
780 sold

A 43% drop in week two. We’ll see if it has the staying power of its predecessor.







Ice Nine KillsIce Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
760 sold

Warped Tour has given out a big ass boost of 326 for this one.







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

A second week drop of 83%.







darkfuneralwhereshadowscd-300x300Dark Funeral, Where Shadows Forever Reign (Century Media)
610 sold

Some albums you’re not surprised when they reappear. Other times you are. In this case, seeing this go from 80 copies to over 600, its the latter since we live in America and not Sweden.






hailthesun_culturescarsHail The Sun, Culture Scars (Equal Vision)
Debut #97
400 sold

A 84% drop in week two.





Wage_War_-_BlueprintsWage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
370 sold

Another solid boost this week of 75%.


tarjathebrightestvoidcdTarja, The Brightest Void (Earmusic)
330 sold
This reappears from the void.






RSR_PZ_2400_REVRed Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
310 sold
A slight drop of 5%.







old woundsOld Wounds, The Suffering Spirit (Good Fight)
240 sold

This came out about a year ago and the band is making new fans on Warped Tour.







katatonia-the-fall-of-hearts-300x300Katatonia, The Fall of Hearts (Peaceville)
210 sold

A 35% drop is heart to bear.