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

Arch Enemy have cracked Billboard’s top 20, and that’s a good thing. Seeing metal bands reach high spots on the charts it always nice to see, especially when it’s a band that’s been around a long time. That’s 21 years in the case of Arch Enemy. What’s more, this comes two albums after the departure of renowned vocalist Angela Gossow who helped the band to hit their stride. Oh, and having Jeff Loomis in your band doesn’t hurt either. On another note, I’ll be gone for the next two weeks, so see you all in October.


Notable Debuts: 
Arch Enemy, Will To Power (Century Media)
Debut #17
6,900 sold
Arch Enemy’s tenth album and second with Alissa White-Gluz sells less than its predecessor, but its their highest charting album in the US.
Lynch Mob, The Brotherhood (Rat Pak)
Debut #20
6,000 sold
This debuted with more than double the sales of Lynch Mob’s last album. It’s also the first Lynch Mob album to chart on the Billboard 200 since 1992.
Alter Bridge, Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities (Napalm Records)
Debut #36
4,000 sold
This is the band’s second live album.
Living Colour, Shade (MRI)
Debut #42
4,000 sold
The band’s sixth album is their first in eight years. It charted highest than its predecessor.
Stray From The Path, Only Death Is Real (Sumerian)
Debut #75
2,050 sold
The band’s eighth album sells less than its 2015 predecessor, which in turn sold less than half of what its predecessor debuted with.
End, From The Unforgiving Arms Of God (Good Fight Music)
Debut #111
1,400 sold
Not sure if these guys are either “The End” or simply just “End”, but anyway this is their newest.
Being As An Ocean, Waiting For Morning To Come (Self-Released)
Debut #128
1,225 sold
This is the band’s first self-released album. Unfortunately, it also sold less than half of its predecessor.
Comeback Kid, Outsider (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #142
1,100 sold
This sells roughly half of what its predecessor sold.
Burn, Do or Die (Deathwish Inc.)
Debut #145
1,050 sold
This is the band’s debut LP.
Novelists, Noir (Sharptone)
780 sold
This is the band’s second LP.
Spoken, IX (Fuel)
725 sold
This is the band’s ninth album. Obviously.
Cannabis Corpse, Left Hand Pass (Season Of Mist)
660 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
Lionize, Nuclear Soul (The End Records)
580 sold
This is the band’s seventh album.
Threshold, Legends of the Shires (Nuclear Blast)
390 sold
This is the band’s eleventh studio album.
Usnea, Portals Into Futility (Relapse)
300 sold
This is the band’s third full length album.
Notable Sales:

Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
#21 (from 4)
6,425 sold

This dropped by 47% and has sold over 87,000 copies in two weeks.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#32 (from 101)
4,800 sold

Crazy big boost of 216%.





Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#68 (from 44)
2,225 sold

A 29% drop. A show in honor of Chester Bennington has been announced.





Nickelback, Feed the Machine (BMG)
#89 (from 42)
1,775 sold
A 44% drop.





Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
#98 (from 78)
1,650 sold

An 8% drop and over 20,000 sold.





Alice Cooper, Paranormal (earMUSIC)
#140 (from 124)
1,100 sold

A drop of 5% with nearly 25,000 sold.





Stone SourHydrograd (Roadrunner)
#150 (from 103)
1,000 sold

A 32% drop.





In This Moment, Ritual (Atlantic/Roadrunner Records)
#171 (from 121)
930 sold

A 21% drop.





Steven Wilson, To The Bone (Caroline)
#172 (from 102)
920 sold
A 38% drop is bad to the bone.




Dead Cross, Dead Cross (Ipecac Recordings)
700 sold
A nice 43% boost.





Epica, The Solace System (Nuclear Blast)
580 sold
This takes a 79% drop in week two.
Paradise Lost, Medusa (Nuclear Blast)
540 sold
A 64% second week drop.
Brendon Small, Galaktikon II: Become The Storm (Megaforce)
650 sold
4,300 sold in total so far.




Septicflesh, Codex Omega (Prosthetic)
350 sold
A 67% drop in week two.
Shaman’s Harvest, Red Hands Black Deeds (Mascot)
230 sold
A 16% boost.
Dying Fetus, Wrong One To Fuck With (Relapse)
210 sold
A 14% boost.
Venom Inc, Avé (Nuclear Blast)
200 sold
A 20% drop.




The Haunted, Strength In Numbers (Century Media)
200 sold

Not much strength after a 48% drop.