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

Maryland hard rockers Clutch have returned with Book of Bad Decisions and as the charts show, they have upped their game. You can also see them live right now as they are touring across North America with Sevendust. Also of note, Deafheaven has returned to the charts.
Notable Debuts:
Clutch, Book of Bad Decisions  (Weathermaker Music)
Debut #6
26,300 sold
This is Clutch’s twelfth studio album, and it sold about the same as their last, Psychic Warfare. It’s a huge debut for pretty much any artist, let alone one whose only airplay is on metal radio. 

Alter Bridge, Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Napalm)

Debut #27

4,293 Sold

This is Alter Bridge’s fourth live album, and is also this week’s #1 classical album thanks to the addition of the Parallax Orchestra.


Pig Destroyer, Head Cage (Relapse)

Debut #51 

2,235 Sold

The grindcore masters’ sixth studio album and their first album since 2012.


Metal Allegiance, Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty (Nuclear Blast)

Debut #54

2,111 Sold

This is Metal Allegiance’s second studio album, proving that they’re more than just a live all-star jam.


Suicidal Tendencies, Still Cyco Punk After All These Years (Suicidal)

Debut #70 

1,675 Sold

This is a re-recording of Mike Muir’s debut solo album from 1996.



Krisiun, Scourge of the Enthroned (Century Media Records)

Debut #198

577 Sold

This is the group’s 11th studio album. 



Korpiklaani, Kulkija (Nuclear Blast)

400 Sold

This is the group’s tenth studio album.



Satan, Cruel Magic (Metal Blade Records)

327 Sold

Hail Satan! Actually, if they sold 339 more it would’ve meant more.




Cauldron, New Gods (Dissonance Productions)

262 Sold

Sex cauldron? I thought they closed that place down!



Notable Sales:

Alice In Chains, Rainier Fog (BMG)
#25 (from 11)
4,401 Sold

A 40% drop is still enough to put them in the top 25 of current albums (not counting streaming).



Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#36 (from 29)
3,392 sold

Hard to believe these guys haven’t released a full-length yet, but that’s coming next month. It’ll be interesting to see if these guys evolve from being the Zeppelin tribute band they claim they aren’t. “Watching Over” is a good start.



Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#49 (from 38)
2,305 sold

This has sold over 140,00o so far. There’s still a lot of people buying FFDP albums




Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#80 (from 61)
1,543 sold

Even their old stuff!



Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#97 (from 64)

Shinedown falls down 27% from last week.



Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#100 (from 74)
1,289 sold

At 91,000 sold, this is inching it’s way towards 100,000.



Halestorm, Vicious (Atlantic)
#105 (from 76)
1,228 sold

Not to be confused with Alestorm. A 23% drop this week.




Alice Cooper, A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris (earMUSIC)
#117 (from 34)
1,005 Sold

4,300 sold in two weeks.



Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#121 (from 112)
995 sold

This has sold 100,000 copies, and “Dance Macabre” just went out to rock radio, which should be another huge hit (“Rats” was #1 at rock radio for eight weeks straight). 



Bad Wolves, Disobey (Eleven Seven)
#129 (from 93)
942 sold

The band’s cover of “Zombie” is platinum.



Deafheaven, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (Anti-)

Re-entry #130 

913 Sold

This had a huge week, rebounding onto the charts. 



Bullet For My Valentine, Gravity (Spinefarm)
#172 (from 145)
693 sold

This has sold 34,000 in about three months. 



Nine Inch Nails, Bad Witch (The Null Corporation)
#188 (from 181)
627 sold

A 2% boost as the band start their US tour. 




A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
#200 (from 185)
567 sold

A 7% drop, but this has sold 108,000 copies already.




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

There’s still a lot of people that love metal. 9,000 at last count. 




Nothing, Dance On The Blacktop(Relapse)
390 sold

The Philly neo-shoegazers will cross 4,000 sold next week.





Thou, Magus(Sacred Bones)
370 sold

A pretty big second week drop finds this dropping 83%.




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

U.D.O.’s sixteenth studio album drops a bit in it’s second week. 




Yob, Our Raw Heart (Relapse)

200 sold

This has enough of an increase in sales to bring it back on the charts. As well it should. 




Powerwolf, The Sacrament Of Sin (Napalm)
160 sold

Never underestimate the power of power metal. This gets a 9% boost in it’s eighth week on the chart. 




Immortal, Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)
180 sold

If a black metal band films a video in the woods and no one’s there to see it, did it even happen? This has another boost from last week as well, up 16%