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

Woo, boy. We’ve been hyping this up for a few weeks, but it’s even bigger than we imagined. Below this paragraph you will find twenty-two new metal album added to the charts. And that includes a number one album! This has to be some kind of Metal By Numbers record because there is A LOT on here. And you know what? We still have lots of other big records left for this year. Also, having Ghost in the top 10 is one of the best things to happen in the US in recent memory in my humble opinion. I’m sure you’ll agree.


Notable Debuts:

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #1, 93,100 sold

Disturbed score their fifth consecutive #1 album with their first release in five years.


Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #6, 28,575 sold

Ghost have come a long way, scoring a top 10 album with their third release.


Pop Evil, Up (eOne) #16, 14,225 sold

The band’s fifth release is their highest charting yet.


The Sword, High Country (Razor & Tie) #17, 13,525 sold

The Sword skewer another solid debut in the top 20.


The Devil Wears Prada, Space EP (Rise) #18, 13,450 sold

This is the band’s second EP and completes a lineup of three metal releases in a row!


Butcher Babies, Take It Like A Man (Century Media) #36, 6,975 sold

The duo’s second album manages to outdo their debut.


P.O.D., The Awakening (UMe) #38, 6,700 sold

If Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin weren’t enough early 2000’s for you, P.O.D. have release their tenth studio album.


Buckcherry, Rock ‘n’ Roll (F-Bomb) #42, 6,225 sold

The band’s seventh album doesn’t manage to outdo 2013’s Confessions.


Slaves, Routine Breathing (Artery) #47, 5,500 sold

The second outing from this post-hardcore act has a debut on par with their first album.


Battlecross, Rise To Power (Metal Blade) #103, 2,325 sold

Battlecross’s third album does about as well as 2013’s War of Will.


Lynch Mob, Rebel (Frontiers) #114, 2,175 sold

George Lynch returns with his seventh album under the Lynch Mob moniker.


Pillars, One Love Revolution (Self-Released) #118, 2,125 sold

I’ll be straight up and tell you I’ve never heard of this Christian metal band before, but this is their seventh album and their first since 2009.


Act of Defiance, Birth and the Burial (Metal Blade) #124, 2,050 sold

This supergroup featuring ex-Megadeth members Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover gets a solid start with this debut.


Hate Eternal, Infernus (Season of Mist) #169, 1,550 sold

The band’s new album is their first on Season of Mist and their highest charting debut yet.


Myrkur, M (Relapse) #175, 1,475 sold

The one-woman black metal act’s debut album gets a solid start following her self-titled EP last year.


Spock’s Beard, The Oblivion Particle (InsideOut) #196, 1,300 sold

This is the twelfth release from the renowned prog rock act.


Rivers of Nihil, Monarchy (Metal Blade) 1,175 sold

The band’s second releases follows their well-received 2013 debut.


Kadavar, Berlin (Nuclear Blast) 1,075 sold

The band’s third album is named after their native city.


Dark Sermon, The Oracle (eOne) 660 sold

This is the second album from this blackened deathcore act.


Pentagram, Curious Volume (Peaceville) 570 sold

This is the eighth album from the Virginian doom band.


Extinction A.D., Faithkiller (Good Fight) 220 sold

This is the crossover thrash act’s debut album.


Rotting Christ, Lucifer Over Athens (Season of Mist) 210 sold

The band’s new live album precedes their new album, reportedly due next year.


Notable Sales:

Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #34, 7,450 sold

Tour magic brings an 11% boost.


Bullet For My Valentine, Venom (RCA) #35, 7,025 sold

A second week 73% drop doesn’t take this down too far.


Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #50, 5,025 sold

A 9% drop.


Faith No More, Sol Invictus (Ipecac) #52, 4,825 sold

Another big boost of 99% brings this way up.


Lamb of God, VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic) #74, 3,500 sold

A 20% drop. Goddrang it.


Cattle Decapitation, The Anthropocene Extinction (Metal Blade) #115, 2,150 sold

This only dropped 41% in week two, which is pretty good.


Miss May I, Deathless (Rise) #131, 1,975 sold

A big 61% brings this back up from the bottom.


Fear Factory, Genexus (Nuclear Blast) #138, 1,925 sold

A 39% drop, I fear.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #145, 1,825 sold

Yet another boost of 29%.


Saint Asonia, Saint Asonia (RCA) #158, 1,700 sold

This has sold over 20,000 copies.


Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner) #162, 1,650 sold

This is just under 350,000 sold.


Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #168, 1,550 sold

A slight boost of 2%.


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 410 sold

Red Sun dropping 14%.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 380 sold

A baby-sized 2% boost.


Black Fast, Terms of Surrender (eOne) 320 sold

This picks up a 19% boost.


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

This also gets a boost of 9%.


Teenage Time Killers, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Rise) 290 sold

A 44% drop is not so killer.


From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 290 sold

Another boost, this time of 19%, thanks tour magic.


Counterparts, Tragedy Will Find Us (Pure Noise) 270 sold

A 23% drop as this hits the 7,000 mark.


Kataklysm, Of Gods & Ghosts (Nuclear Blast) 260 sold

A 17% drop.


Northlane, Node (Rise) 240 sold

This is just under 5,000 sold.


Nekrogoblikon, Heavy Meta (Mystery Box) 300 sold

A 21% drop.


Krisiun, Forged In Fury (Century Media) 290 sold

Forging a 31% drop


Armored Saint, Win Hands Down (Metal Blade) 200 sold

This dropped off last week, but an 8% boost brings it back up with just under 10,000 sold