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

This week’s sales were taken over by a combination of bands with colorful names and Swedes. Of course, last week featured a pretty big Swedish act as well, but this week there’s not one, not two, but three Swedish metal bands on the debut list. The numbers for another big Swedish metal release will come next week as well, so, yeah, there’s a takeover happening or something. On a more serious note, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge this column being posted on the 13th anniversary of 9/11. Many metalheads are probably blasting Slayer’s God Hates Us All which was also (somewhat infamously) released 13 years ago. Some people also might not be up for blasting music today. Either way, keep your head up. Or keep it banging, whichever works for you.


Notable Debuts:

The Color Morale, Hold On Pain Ends (Fearless) #27, 8,000 sold

This post-hardcore act has its best debut yet with album four.


Code Orange, I Am King (Deathwish) #88, 3,150 sold

Previously known as Code Orange Kids, this is the band’s second album and first under the new moniker.


Hammerfall, (R)evolution (Nuclear Blast) #140, 1,850 sold

Swedish power metallers are back with album nine. It’s number one in the band native country if you wanted to know.


Earth, Primitive and Deadly (Southern Lord) #148, 1,750 sold

The band’s eighth album is also its first to feature vocals since Pentastar: In the Style of Demons in 1996. You can read a bit more about that here.


The Haunted, Exit Wounds (Century Media) #152, 1,700 sold

Yet another Gothenburg metal band debuts in the form of The Haunted’s eighth album, featuring the new and improved line up.


YOB, Clearing The Path To Ascend (Neurot) 900 sold

The band’s seventh album gets started on the charts.


Along Came A Spider, Resurgence (Standby) 390 sold

The second album from the post-hardcore act.


Sólstafir, Ótta (Season of Mist) 390 sold

This is the fifth album from these Icelandic metallers. The album title means “dawn”.


Dark Fortress, Venereal Dawn (Century Media) 380 sold

The band’s seventh album is its first in four years, the longest gap yet between albums.


Wolf, Devil Seed (Prosthetic) 340 sold

Another Swedish band on the charts.


Notable Sales:

Godsmack, 1000hp (Universal Republic) #35, 7,025 sold

In week five, this still hasn’t dropped down very far.


Linkin Park, The Hunting Party (Warner Bros.) #53, 4,575 sold

A slight 13% drop.


Rise Against, The Black Market (Interscope) #58, 4,325 sold

This gets a slight bump up by 7%.


Opeth, Pale Communion (Roadrunner) #66 3,925 sold

This takes a second week 71% drop.


Thousand Foot Krutch, OXYGEN:INHALE (TFK) #74, 3,550 sold

This might need a krutch after an 82% drop.


Theory of a Deadman, Savages (Roadrunner) #77, 3,350 sold

A small boost of 4%.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #90, 3,075 sold

Turn it down to an 11% drop.


Seether, Isolate & Medicate (The Bicycle Music Company) #97, 3,850 sold

At week 10, this is sitting a bit under 90,000 sold.


Ace Frehley, Space Invader (eOne) #101, 2,775 sold

A 54% drop, but hey, it was  top ten!


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2 (Prospect Park) #124, 2,075 sold

This week, the two FFDP albums flip-flopped.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #125, 2,075 sold

Wouldn’t be surprised if they flop-flipped back next week.


Judas Priest, Redeemer of Souls (Epic) #127, 2,400 sold

A soulless drop of 15%.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #134, 1,950 sold

At week 25, this is just under 110,000 sold.


Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal (Epitaph) #157, 1,600 sold

Not much change from last week.


Chevelle, La Gargola (Epic) #172, 1,450 sold

A drop of 15%.


Accept, Blind Rage (Nuclear Blast) #173, 1,450 sold

A drop of 42% might be rage worthy.


Buckcherry, Fuck (F-Bomb) #186, 1,375 sold

A 36% drop? Well, shit.


Skillet, Rise (Atlantic) #175, 1,350 sold

This didn’t rise to the occasion after a 12% drop.


Nothing More, Nothing More (Eleven Seven) #174, 1,275 sold

A slight boost of 3%, but nothing more.


Invent, Animate, Everchanger (Tragic Hero) 780 sold

Everchanging sales as this drops 55%.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 720 sold

Surprising pretty much no one, Babymetal have rocketed up in sales.


King 810, Memoirs of a Murderer (Roadrunner) 470 sold

Note that it’s not Memoir of a Assaulter.


Eluveitie, Origins (Nuclear Blast) 320 sold

A 27% drop.


Doyle, Abominator (MonsterMan) 270 sold

Yet again, this pops back up.


New Medicine, Breaking the Model (Imagen) 270 sold

A 76% drop. Guess the new medicine tastes bad


Deafheaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 250 sold

Bathing in a 45% drop


He Is Legend, Heavy Fruit (Tragic Hero) 240 sold

A 77% drops the low hangin’ heavy fruit.