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

It’s another strong week for metal, featuring two heavy albums in the top 20 to start. Also…*ahem* CATTLE DECAPITATION IN THE TOP 50. That’s pretty damn awesome. Not to mention that many of these bands are celebrating their highest chart debuts yet. And it will only continue to get awesome after this Friday when some of the biggest releases of the year are dropped. Oh yeah, it’s about to get a little crowded up in here.


Notable Debuts:

Fear Factory, Genexus (Nuclear Blast) #17, 10,875 sold

The band’s ninth studio album marks their highest charting album yet.


Miss May I, Deathless (Rise) #20, 9,275 sold

The band’s fifth album debuts one spot higher than their previous album, which only came out little over a year ago.


Cattle Decapitation, The Anthropocene Extinction (Metal Blade) #41, 5,850 sold

The deathgrind masters snatch up a top 50 debut, their best yet.


Terror, The 25th Hour (Victory) #106, 2,435 sold

Album number six gives the band their best debut yet.


Sirens & Sailers, Rising Moon: Setting Sun (Artery) #136, 1,925 sold

This is the third album from this metalcore act and their biggest debut yet.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) #142, 1,825 sold

This debut album makes a solid entry onto the charts.


Krisiun, Forged In Fury (Century Media) 510 sold

The band’s ninth studio album is its first since 2011’s The Great Execution.


Black Fast, Terms of Surrender (eOne) 360 sold

The technical black thrash band makes its major label debut.


Buried In Verona, Vultures Above, Lions Below (Rise) 300 sold

This is the fifth album from this Aussiecore act.


Notable Sales:

Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #34, 6,600 sold

A slight drop of 9%.


Lamb of God, VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic) #37, 6,200 sold

A drop of 40%, but don’t stress (or drang) it.


Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #38, 6,100 sold

This dropped off last week, but now it’s back because we can’t have nice things.


We Came As Romans, We Came As Romans (Equal Vision) #85, 2,875 sold

A drop of 47%.


Saint Asonia, Saint Asonia (RCA) #79, 3,175 sold

This takes a second week drop of 76% but stays in the top 100.


Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner) #145, 1,800 sold

This will reach 350,000 in a few weeks.


Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #163, 1,550 sold

This could pick up more sales when the band comes back to tour the US next month.


August Burns Red, Found In Faraway Places (Fearless) #176, 1,450 sold

A 20% drop into the red.


Teenage Time Killers, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Rise) 630 sold

A steep 66% drop.


Kataklysm, Of Gods & Ghosts (Nuclear Blast) 570 sold

A second week 67% drop.


Counterparts, Tragedy Will Find Us (Pure Noise) 470 sold

This found a 25% drop.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 430 sold

Just under 26,000 sold.


Lindemann, Skills In Pills (Warner Bros.) 420 sold

A boost of 16%.


Northlane, Node (Rise) 360 sold

A 32% drop. More like Southlane, amirite? (Bad bad bad).


Our Last Night, Younger Dreams (Self-Released) 270 sold

A drop of 17%.


We Are Harlot, We Are Harlot (Roadrunner) 260 sold

A slight drop of 4%, but over 10,000 sold.


Armored Saint, Win Hands Down (Metal Blade) 240 sold

Ten weeks in and this picks up a slight boost of 4%.


Dayseeker, Origin (InVouge) 240 sold

A slight drop of 8%.


Refused, Freedom (Epitaph) 240 sold

A 27% drop. Guess tour magic doesn’t work for everyone.


Conquer Divide, Conquer Divide (Artery) 240 sold

Divided by a 21% drop.


Palisades, Mind Games (Rise) 220 sold

Do you mind a 39% drop?


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 210 sold

This clings one with a 3% boost.