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 an overabundance of albums this week compared to the last few, but we’re not lacking in anything noteworthy. Summer touring season is wrapping up, so you’ll be seeing some albums drop off in preparation for the roller coaster that is the last four months of the year (damn, are we there already?). You know the drill; a bunch of bands push out albums between September and November, and now we have what is going to be one of the biggest albums of the year for metal and music in general. So if you thought this year was crazy for metal album says, just you wait.


Notable Debuts:

The Amity Affliction, This Could Be Heartbreak (Roadrunner)
Debut #12
12,700 sold

The fifth album from the Aussie metalcore act is their best debut yet on the charts, outdoing their 2014 release.



thedepressionsessionsVarious Artists, The Depression Sessions (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #77
2,675 sold

This EP features Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, and The Acacia Strain.





equilibriumEquilibrium, Armageddon (Nuclear Blast)
220 sold

The band’s fifth album makes its debut.





Notable Sales:

skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#15 (from 2)
11,875 sold

A 79% drop doesn’t take this down far in a damn good second week.





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Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#19 (from 7)
11,075 sold

A 20% drop, but that’s nothing after the jump back into the top 10 last week.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#82 (from 85)
2,325 sold

At week 50, this has sold nearly 385,000 copies total.




deftones gore album coverDeftones, Gore (Reprise)
#84 (from 54)
2,300 sold

A 42% drop, but it’s still doing well after last week’s boost.





volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#86 (from 73)
2,275 sold

A 27% drop as this boogies closer to the 100,000 mark.





breakingbenjaminBreaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#94 (from 144)
2,075 sold

A 44% boost. More like Boosting Benjamin, huh?





warped tour 16Various Artists, 2016 Warped Tour Compilation (SideOne Dummy)
#101 (from 74)
1,925 sold

The tour may be over, but this still has some life left in it even after a 37% drop.





chevellenorthcorridorcdChevelle, The North Corridor (Epic)
#104 (from 80)
1,875 sold

A 30% drop with over 50,000 sold.





shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#123 (from 139)
1,625 sold

An 8% boost is shiny.





crown the empireCrown The Empire, Retrograde (Rise)
#129 (from 96)
1,575 sold

A 21% drop. Not quite a crowning achievement.





jacylJackyl, ROWYCO (Mighty Loud)
#151 (from 55)
1,350 sold

A 66% drop in week two.





Pierce_The_Veil_-_Misadventures_usePierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#161 (from 145)
1,275 sold

A 9% drop.





meytalMeytal, Alchemy – Live (Light Drop)
1,275 sold

I’m not sure if this is the real debut or not, but it doesn’t really matter since it was a limited release so you can’t go out and buy it anyway.




periphery select difficultyPeriphery, Periphery III: Select Difficulty (Sumerian)
#187 (from 146)
1,075 sold

A 23% drop with just under 20,000 sold.





carnifexCarnifex, Slow Death (Nuclear Blast)
#193 (from 29
1,025 sold

An 84% drop in week two.





RobzombieelectricRob Zombie, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (UMe)
#200 (from 174)
920 sold

This is sitting right at the bottom after a 20% drop.





russian-circles-guidanceRussian Circles, Guidance (Sargent House)
750 sold

A 79% second week drop.






Revocation-GreatIsOurSinRevocation, Great is Our Sin (Metal Blade)
410 sold

A 32% drop.

despisediconbeastcdDespised Icon, Beast (Nuclear Blast)
360 sold

A 14% drop is not so iconic.






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

A slight 4% drop.






Meytal-AlchemyMeytal, Alchemy (Light Drop)
320 sold

Looks like the people who didn’t get her live album opted for the studio LP instead.






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

An 58% drop. We’ll see if their headlining tour brings more numbers.






islander-power-under-controlIslander, Power Under Control (Victory)
310 sold

A 76% drop in week two.






thank you scientistThank You Scientist, Stranger Heads Prevail (Evil Ink)
300 sold

A 23% drop. No, thank you.





The-New-Low-ContinuanceThe New Low, Continuance (Razor & Tie)
290 sold

A 44% drop down low.






Nails-You-Will-Never-Be-One-of-UsNails, You Will Never Be One Of Us (Nuclear Blast)
270 sold

A 19% drop. Also, it’s been a month since the band suddenly dropped off the face of the earth.






Wage_War_-_BlueprintsWage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
270 sold

An 18% drop. Uh, sport the war?






scourScour, Scour (Housecore)
250 sold

This gets a nice 34% boost.






BlackCrownInitiate_SWCF_CoverBlack Crown Initiate, Selves We Cannot Forgive (eOne)
250 sold

A 4% drop is forgivable.






fates warning theories of flightFates Warning, Theories of Flight (InsideOut Music)
240 sold

A small boost of 8%.






rivalsonshollowbonescdRival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
240 sold

A 12% drop with over 11,000 sold.






RSR_PZ_2400_REVRed Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
230 sold
A tiny 4% boost.






Blues_Pills___Lady_In_GoldBlues Pills, Lady in Gold (Nuclear Blast)
230 sold

A 73% drop in week two.






Tarja - The Shadow SelfTarja, The Shadow Self (Earmusic)
230 sold

This also takes a drop in week two for 70%.






ghoulGhoul, Dungeon Bastards (Tankcrimes)
210 sold

A 40% drop is a real bastard.






infant annihilatorInfant Annihilator, The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch (Self-Released)
200 sold

A 34% drop.






through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
190 sold

A 37% drop burns.






whitfordWhitford St. Holmes, Reunion (Mailboat)
170 sold

A 30% drop