Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Have you actually looked at Stryper’s album covers in recent years? From 2013’s No More Hell To Pay and onward, they all depict biblical figures in scenarios that look deserving of their own anime intro with some hype as shit J-rock behind it. The cover of the band’s latest album, shown above, is no exception as it depicts God doing his best Abe Lincoln impression as he lays the divine smackdown on Satan. Doesn’t hurt that the album landed in the top 5 either.
Notable Debuts:
Stryper, Even The Devil Believes (Frontiers)
Debut #5
9,250 sold
Stryper’s 18th album sold more than its predecessor.
All Them Witches, Nothing As The Ideal (New West)
Debut #17
3,250 sold
The band’s sixth studio album is its best debut yet.
Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo (Magnetic Eye)
Debut #21
2,850 sold
This a tribute to Sabbath’s debut album featuring Zakk Wylde, Rob Blasko, and Joey Castillo.
The Pineapple Thief, Versions of the Truth (Kscope)
Debut #142
600 sold
This is the band’s thirteenth album.
Perfect Plan, Time For A Miracle (Frontiers)
Debut #187
450 sold
This is the Swedish band’s debut album.
Oceans Of Slumber, Oceans Of Slumber (Century Media)
250 sold
Cult Of Lilith, Mara (Metal Blade Records)
230 sold
This is the band’s debut full-length.
Don’t Sleep, Turn The Tide (Mission Two)
200 sold
This is the hardcore band’s debut album.
Black Magnet, Hallucination Scene (20 Buck Spin)
190 sold
This is the industrial band’s debut album.
Rising Steel, Fight Them All (Frontiers)
190 sold
This is the band’s second album.
’68, Love Is Ain’t Dead (Cooking Vinyl)
170 sold
This is the band’s first EP in seven years.
Notable Sales:
Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#4 (from 1)
13,425 sold
Still in the top 5 after a 75% second week drop.
#15 (from 5)
3,400 sold
A 74% drop in week two.
Deep Purple, Whoosh! (earMUSIC)
#61 (from 82)
1,325 sold
A 24% drop.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#73 (from 130)
1,100 sold

A 13% boost.

Necrot, Mortal (Tankcrimes)
#90 (from 30)
950 sold
A drop of 75% in week two.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#103 (from 133)
840 sold

A 13% drop.





Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#104 (from 176)
820 sold

A 17% boost.





Dokken, The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 (Silver Lining)
#109 (from 49)
780 sold
A second week drop of 70%.
Dance Gavin Dance, Afterburner (Rise)
#118 (re-entry)
710 sold
A 62% boost back up.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#123 (from 162)
680 sold

A 13% drop.

Lamb Of God, Lamb Of God (Epic)
#150 (from 123)
570 sold

A 47% drop.

Unleash The Archers, Abyss (Napalm)
#157 (from 125)
550 sold

A 47% drop.





The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#163 (re-entry)
530 sold
This gets a sizable 44% boost back up the charts.


From Ashes To New, Panic (Better Noise Music)
#172 (from 45)
500 sold
A drop of 82% in week two.
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#173 (re-entry)
490 sold
A 6% drop.
Incantation, Sect Of Vile Divinities (Relapse)
320 sold

A 47% drop.


Pig Destroyer, The Octagonal Stairway (Relapse)
300 sold
A second week 85% drop.
Ingested, Where Only Gods May Tread (Unique Leader)
180 sold
A 13% drop.
John Petrucci, Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind)
250 sold
A 91% drop in week two.
Khemmis, Doomed Heavy Metal (Nuclear Blast/20 Buck Spin)
190 sold
A 31% drop.

Pain Of Salvation, Panther (Century Media) 
170 sold

A 70% drop in week two.

Venom, Sons of Satan(Sanctuary)
170 sold
This also takes a 70% second week drop.
Hawkwind, At The BBC – 1972(Parlophone)
160 sold
A 91% drop.
Jinjer, Macro (Napalm)
150 sold
This pops of thanks to a 3% boost.
Atramentus, Stygian(20 Buck Spin)
150 sold
A 35% drop.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fishing For Fishies(ATO)

150 sold
A 2% boost.
Black Crown Initiate, Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape (Century Media)
140 sold
A nice 35% boost back up after dropping last week.
Primitive Man, Immersion (Relapse)
130 sold
A 16% drop.