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

I’ve been writing this column for four years now, and while that might not sound like a super long time, it’s interesting to see how things have changed regarding record sales. Sure, there are obvious variables that have been in places for a long time now (digital music, musical piracy), but even in the relatively short span of four years there have been changes such as the rise music streaming, which is now accounted for in album sales. And now that I’ve been doing this long enough to see bands move through two or three album cycles, it’s intriguing to see sales patterns shift for bands old a new. Of Mice & Men, for example, is our top debut this week for metal, but they’re in a very different position from their last album. The #13 spot is nothing to shack a stick at and 14,000 copies sold is a number most bands would be celebrating with backflips. But compared to the #4 and 51,000 copies their previous album did in 2014? Big difference, and that was only a few months shy of three years ago. Now, you could pin it on the band’s overall popularity which is sometimes a valid reason for a drop in sales, but there a plenty of other big bands that land a spot in the top five but sell way less than their previous album did, and vice versa. Conversely, there other bands that are inching up one album at a time, and you can see one or two in our debuts below. P.S. Metallica’s Black Album sold another 4,700 this week.


Notable Debuts:

Of Mice & Men, Cold World (Rise)
Debut #13
14,175 sold

Of Mice & Men land a solid debut with their fourth album, though it didn’t have nearly as big of a debut as their previous album.



normajeanpolarsimilarNorma Jean, Polar Similar (Solid State)
Debut #29
7,800 sold

The band’s seventh album charts higher than its predecessor.




DTP TranscendenceDevin Townsend Project, Transcendence (InsideOut)
Debut #38
5,500 sold

HevyDevy is back with his seventh album under the DTP moniker, outdoing his previous album and making this one his best US debut yet.




artifex-pereoArtifex Pereo, Passengers(Tooth & Nail)
Debut #119
1,750 sold

This is the second album from this Louisville post-hardcore act.





revtheoryrevelationcdRev Theory, The Revelation (Another Century)
Debut #135
1,500 sold

The band’s fourth studio album is their first in five years.





evergrey_thestormwithinEvergrey, The Storm Within (AFM)
Debut #167
1,150 sold

The band’s tenth album is their highest charting yet in the US.





breakdownBreakdown of Sanity, Coexistence (Self-Released)
1,025 sold

This is the fourth album from this unsigned Switzerland band.






letters-from-the-fireLetters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
960 sold

This is the band’s debut album. Also, they covered “Eleanor Rigby”.





snsbrothersSteve ‘N’ Seagulls, Brothers In Farms (Spinefarm)
400 sold

Who knew that hillbillies could come from Finland? The band’s sophomore album, which finds the metal/bluegrass band taking on a pair of Guns N’ Roses songs, as well as Foo Fighters, Deep Purple and many more, has a solid debut.




cruel-handCruel Hand, Your World Won’t Listen (Hopeless)
370 sold

This is the band’s fifth album.






painPain, Coming Home (Nuclear Blast)
330 sold

This is the eighth album from the band and their first in five years.





Notable Sales:

a-day-to-rememberA Day To Remember, Bad Vibrations (ADTR)
#15 (from 1)
12,100 sold

An 80% drop didn’t take this down too far in week two.





crown the empireCrown The Empire, Retrograde (Rise)
#39 (re-entry)
5,350 sold

This rocketed back up the charts after dropping off a week or so ago. Impressive.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#44 (from 31)
4,850 sold

A 10% drop doesn’t trip this up with 95,000 sold in total.





disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#71 (from 60)
3,250 sold

An 8% boost is another drop in the bucket.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#100 (from 83)
2,200 sold

A 3% dip down in sales isn’t going to slow this down much, label lawsuit or not, and it will cross over 400,000 in a few weeks.





prophets of rageProphets of Rage, The Party’s Over (Prophets of Rage)
#125 (from 79)
1,600 sold

A 33% drop does not merit a party.





volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#127 (from 94)
1,600 sold

A drop of 10% on week 15, but it crossed over 100,000-sold last week.





steventylerwereallcdcoverSteven Tyler, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere (Dot Records)
#149 (from #95)
1,350 sold

A 24% drop isn’t for everybody.





deftones gore album coverDeftones, Gore (Reprise)
#171 (from 115)
1,100 sold

A 26% drop isn’t a deft move. The album has sold over 125,000.





chevellenorthcorridorcdChevelle, The North Corridor (Epic)
#184 (from 150)
1,050 sold

A drop of 14% in week 10.





fire from the godsFire From the Gods, Narrative (Rise)
660 sold

A big 68% boost makes up for the drop last week.






geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
480 sold

A 33% drop.






Delain - MoonbathersDelain, Moonbathers (Napalm)
420 sold

A 28% drop show that delain they’re going leads down.






sylarSylar, Help! (Hopeless)
360 sold

This has been on the charts for three weeks now, but since someone asked about it last week I figured I should add it.





Twelve_Foot_Ninja_OutlierTwelve Foot Ninja, Outlier (Volkanik)
340 sold

A 46% foot drop? Ninja please.






Inquisition-Bloodshed-AcrossInquisition, Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith (Season of Mist)
300 sold

This sheds a few sales with a 40% drop.






rivalsonshollowbonescdRival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
300 sold

A 12% drop, son.






sodomdecisionSodom, Decision Day (SPV/Steamhammer)
270 sold

A decisive 31% drop.






RSR_PZ_2400_REVRed Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
260 sold

This sold about the same as last week.






Ice Nine KillsIce Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
230 sold

This got boosted back up thanks to tour magic.






Nails-You-Will-Never-Be-One-of-UsNails, You Will Never Be One Of Us (Nuclear Blast)
220 sold

A 17% boost. If those are new listeners, they’re going to be disappointed when they find out the band’s status.