Metal By Numbers 9/16: The charts have your six and your soul

Posted by on September 16, 2015

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

It’s that time again; Five Finger Death Punch have released an album, thus topping the charts and sticking around until it likely goes gold. However you feel about them, it’s good to see that metal has been consistently nabbing high spots for the past month. Also, *ahem* NEW IRON MAIDEN. This fanboy is more than pleased to see their new double LP in the top five, and you should be too. Since 1998’s Virtual XI, the band has sold more and more albums with each release, a trend that’s not always common with legendary acts. Hell, Judas Priest’s Redeemer of Souls was the band’s first top 10 album in the US and didn’t sell half as much as Maiden’s new album in the first week. Moral of the story? Always up the fuckin’ Irons.


Notable Debuts:

Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) #1, 114,250 sold

The band’s sixth studio album nabs the top spot.


Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (BMG) #3, 73,925 sold

As you may have heard, the release of Maiden’s 16th album marks the band’s best sales week yet. UP THE IRONS.


Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, The Night Creeper (Rise Above) #69, 3,450 sold

The UK stoner metal band snatches up their best debut yet in the US following the success of 2013’s Mind Control.


Amorphis, Under The Red Cloud (Nuclear Blast) #144, 1,600 sold

The band’s twelfth studio album debut with about the same numbers as 2013’s Circle.


Riverside, Love, Fear, and the Time Machine (InsideOut) #162, 1,450 sold

The band’s sixth album marks their best debut yet in the US.


Burn Halo, Wolves of War (eOne) 660 sold

The band’s third album doesn’t have as strong of a debut as its predecessors.


Conveyer, When Given Time To Grow (Victory) 500 sold

The band’s second album is their first release on Victory Records.


Black Tongue, The Unconquerable Dark (Century Media) 480 sold

The band’s debut album is self-labeled “doomcore.”


Once Human, The Life I Remember (earMUSIC) 440 sold

This is the debut album from the band started by guitarist Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head, ex-Soulfly).


Envy, Atheist’s Cornea (Temporary Residence) 420 sold

The sixth album from this Japanese post-hardcore act is their first in five years.


Pig Destroyer, Prowler In The Yard (2015 Reissue) (Relapse) 360 sold

Here’s the 2015 reissue of Pig Destroyer’s second album.


Broken Flesh, Broken Flesh (Luxor) 270 sold

This self-titled album is the band’s third LP.



Notable Sales:

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #13, 15,550 sold

A 33% drop, but that won’t slow this album down much.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #30, 6,500 sold

This will cross the 250,000 mark in a week or two.


Motörhead, Bad Magic (UDR) #58, 4,075 sold

A 61% drop for the second week.


Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #55, 4,025 sold

An 18% drop. Oh, and a new music video.


Bullet For My Valentine, Venom (RCA) #75, 3,200 sold

Over 40,000 sold.


Lamb of God, VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic) #83, 2,775 sold

A 14% drop.


Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #89, 2,625 sold

A 50% drop after a series of boosts.


Pop Evil, Up (eOne) #109, 2,050 sold

I’m wondering how many people think of the Pixar film when they see this album title.


The Sword, High Country (Razor & Tie) #141, 1,600 sold

A 42% drop. Damn, wish I hadn’t already used that “Low Country” joke.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #149, 1,575 sold

Just under 490,000 sold after an 18% boost.


Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner) #150, 1,550 sold

A small drop of 3%.


Soilwork, The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast) #158, 1,500 sold

This rode a 74% drop in week two.


Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #164, 1,425 sold

A slight boost of 6%.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #182, 1,325 sold

Looks like the band’s tour with Five Finger Death Punch has bumped this back up.


Papa Roach, F.E.A.R. (Eleven Seven) #194, 1,275 sold

This also got a big boost thanks to the same tour.


Nile, What Should Not Be Unearthed (Nuclear Blast) #198, 1,250 sold

A second week 64% drop.


From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 590 sold

Another big boost of 75%.


Battlecross, Rise To Power (Metal Blade) 460 sold

A drop of 52%.


Spock’s Beard, The Oblivion Particle (InsideOut) 400 sold

“Dr. McCoy, why did we drop by 34% this week?”

“Dammit man! I’m a doctor, not a record promotor.”


Hate Eternal, Infernus (Season of Mist) 370 sold

A 38% drop.


Myrkur, M (Relapse) 370 sold

Fun fact: Amalie Bruun appeared as Jenny in music video for The Lonely Island’s “Jack Sparrow”.

Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 350 sold

A slight 5% drop.


Act of Defiance, Birth and the Burial (Metal Blade) 340 sold

Buried by a 41% drop.


Lindemann, Skills In Pills (Warner Bros.) 320 sold

This sold the same amount as last week.


Kadavar, Berlin (Nuclear Blast) 310 sold

Ich bin ein 26% drop.


Rivers of Nihil, Monarchy (Metal Blade) 310 sold

Ruling over a 4% drop.


Silent Planet, The Night God Slept (Solid State) 270 sold

Once again, this gets a big boost back up.


Northlane, Node (Rise) 210 sold

A 13% drop in the southlane.


Meytal, Alchemy (Light Drop) 200 sold

This took a major drop of 97% in week two.


Kataklysm, Of Gods & Ghosts (Nuclear Blast) 200 sold

A tiny boost of 3%.


Pentagram, Curious Volume (Peaceville) 260 sold

A 21% drop really turns down the volume.


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