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

Has Alice Cooper ever stopped touring? I’m not so sure. If you look at his Wikipedia page you can find a four year gap from 1982-1986 and again from 1991-1995. Otherwise, it feels like Cooper has done nothing but tour and release music the past 50 years straight. Hell, he was fronting The Spiders (later renamed Alice Cooper) the year my mother was born. I’m not trying to downplay other bands and musicians; plenty of musical icon in and out of rock/metal have been working nonstop for years and years. But I feel like nowadays, what with the Internet and all, you hear more and more about how the road is not always so glamorous or the creative burnout that can occur after a few studio albums. And here’s Cooper, still donning the makeup and preparing to die onstage for the billionth time. Good on you, sir. None of us are worthy.


Notable Debuts:

Alice Cooper, A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris (earMUSIC)
Debut #34
3,250 sold

Alice Cooper’s latest live album was recorded during his tour for last year’s studio album.



Thou, Magus(Sacred Bones)
Debut #54
2,150 sold

After the release of 3 EP’s over the course of the year, Thou have released their fifth studio album.




U.D.O., Steel Factory(AFM)
Debut #129
880 sold

This is U.D.O.’s sixteenth studio album.




Omnium Gatherum, The Burning Cold (Century Media)
530 sold

This is the band’s eighth studio album.




Beyond The Black, Heart Of The Hurricane (Napalm)
490 sold

This is the band’s third album.




KEN mode, Loved (Season Of Mist)
340 sold

This is the band’s seventh studio album.




Villain of the Story, Ashes(Self-Released)
210 sold

This is the band’s second album.





Stillbirth, Annihilation Of Mankind (Unique Leader)
150 sold

This is the band’s fifth album.





Notable Sales:

Alice In Chains, Rainier Fog (BMG)
#11 (from 2)
28,750 sold

A 74% second week drop doesn’t take this down too far.



Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#29 (from 36)
3,800 sold

A 31% boost. This guys are going to finally release a full length album.




Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#38 (from 37)
2,900 sold

A slight boost of 2%.




Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#61 (from 79)
1,925 sold

A boost of 22% with just under 150,000 sold.





Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#64 (from 59)
1,800 sold

A 6% drop.



Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#74 (from 67)
1,650 sold

A 7% drop with just under 90,000 sold.




Halestorm, Vicious (Atlantic)
#76 (from 52)
1,600 sold

A 22% drop.





Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#85 (from 74)
1,500 sold

A 12% drop.



Stone SourHydrograd (Roadrunner)
#92 (re-entry)
1,300 sold

The release of the deluxe edition boosted this back up.




Bad Wolves, Disobey (Eleven Seven)
#93 (from 92)
1,300 sold

A 3% drop.





Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#112 (from 105)
1,050 sold

A 10% drop with just under 100,000 sold.





The Amity Affliction, Misery(Roadrunner)
#122 (from 14)
930 sold

An 86% drop in week two.





Bullet For My Valentine, Gravity (Spinefarm)
#145 (from 146)
790 sold

This sold the same as last week.





Nine Inch Nails, Bad Witch (The Null Corporation)
#180 (from 175)
620 sold

A 2% drop.






A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
#185 (from 151)
610 sold

A 22% drop.





Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
#192 (re-entry)
590 sold

A 16% boost back up.





Nonpoint, X (Spinefarm)
#198 (from 28)
570 sold

This dropped by 85% in week two.




Nothing, Dance On The Blacktop(Relapse)
390 sold

An 87% drop in week two.





Dee Snider, For The Love Of Metal (Napalm)
310 sold

A 68% drop.






Primal Fear, Apocalypse (Frontiers)
210 sold

This sold about the same as last week.






Erra, Neon (Solid State)
180 sold

A 24% drop.






Jesus Piece, Only Self (Southern Lord)
170 sold

A 75% drop in week two.






Powerwolf, The Sacrament Of Sin (Napalm)
160 sold

A 6% boost.






Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
160 sold

A big 52% boost.






Immortal, Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)
150 sold

This dropped off last week, but a 30% boost brought it back up.