Metal By Numbers 9/9: Motörhead work their bad magic

Posted by on September 9, 2015

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

The subject of Lemmy’s health has been a hot topic in metal for a while now. It doesn’t feel it started that long ago, but the saga has been going on over two years now. It may be hard to believe at first, but the fact that we’re again seeing a crop of Motörhead show cancellations again shows history repeating itself. Still, the debut of a new studio album should keep morale high, showing that time may take its toll on touring, but not in writing music that is everything louder than everyone else. In addition to Bad Magic, eight other albums have made their debut. Not nearly as big of a debut list as last week, but a worthy followup nonetheless. And of course, the list of notable sales is longer than ever.


Notable Debuts:

Motörhead, Bad Magic (UDR) #16, 10,325 sold

Motöhead’s 22nd album manages to chart higher than its predecessor.


Meytal, Alchemy (Light Drop)#42, 5,825 sold

You know Meytal best as that woman who posts kickass drum covers on Youtube. Now she’s released her debut album, which is off to an excellent start.


Soilwork, The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast) #43, 5,800 sold

The band’s tenth album didn’t sell as much as its previous album, but it charted in the top 50.


Nile, What Should Not Be Unearthed (Nuclear Blast) #81, 3,475 sold

Nile nab their best debut yet with album eight.


I See Stars, Phases (Sumerian) #123, 2,150 sold

This album features clean, acoustic versions of songs from the band’s discography.


Defeater, Abandoned (Epitaph) #199, 1,275 sold

The band’s fourth album doesn’t do nearly as well as its predecessor.


Kobra and the Lotus, Words of the Prophets (Titan) 390 sold

This 5 song EP features covers from Canadian bands like Rush and Triumph.


Ahab, The Boats of the “Glen Carrige” (Napalm) 370 sold

The funeral doom band’s fourth album is based on a book of the same name.


Modern Day Babylon, The Ocean Atlas (Self-Released) 280 sold

Get your groove on with this three-piece djent act from the Czech Republic.






Notable Sales:

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) #9, 23,300 sold

This is still in the top 10 after a 75% drop.


Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) #31, 6,975 sold

A 6% drop won’t break the bank (or the Benjamin).


Kid Rock, First Kiss (Warner Bros.) #53, 5,250 sold

A 5% boost. I’m not KIDding.


Ghost, Meliora (Loma Vista) #55, 4,925 sold

The band has a solid second week despite an 83% drop.


Bullet For My Valentine, Venom (RCA) #70, 3,925 sold

A 44% drop without a bullet.


Lamb of God, VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic) #86, 3,250 sold

Over 75,000 copies sold.


Pop Evil, Up (eOne) #88, 3,125 sold

A 78% second week drop.


The Sword, High Country (Razor & Tie) #99, 2,750 sold

An 80% drop into Low Country, but hey, they’re still in the top 100.


Buckcherry, Rock ‘n’ Roll (F-Bomb) #127, 2,125 sold

A 66% drop in week two. Guess the “f-bomb” of their label is “fall?”


The Devil Wears Prada, Space EP (Rise) #143, 1,800 sold

This EP drop 87% in week two, but with their headlining tour announced, has some “space” to continue selling.


Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner) #159, 1,625 sold

In week 45, this has sold over 350,000 copies.


P.O.D., The Awakening (UMe) #165, 1,550 sold

A 77% drop in the second week.


Butcher Babies, Take It Like A Man (Century Media) #176, 1,450 sold

This got cut down by 79%.


Fear Factory, Genexus (Nuclear Blast) #186, 1,375 sold

Factoring in a 29% drop.


Halestorm, Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) #189, 1,350 sold

Over 120,000 copies sold in week 20.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #191, 1,325 sold

After a series of boosts, this drops 27%.


Saint Asonia, Saint Asonia (RCA) #194, 1,325 sold

A 23% drop.


Battlecross, Rise To Power (Metal Blade) 960 sold

This drops from power by 59%.


Spock’s Beard, The Oblivion Particle (InsideOut) 600 sold

A 54% trim from last week.


Hate Eternal, Infernus (Season of Mist) 600 sold

Hating on a 61% drop.


Myrkur, M (Relapse) 590 sold

A 60% drop in week two.


Act of Defiance, Birth and the Burial (Metal Blade) 570 sold

Can’t defy a 72% drop.


Kadavar, Berlin (Nuclear Blast) 420 sold

A 61% drop in the second week (gee, that’s somewhere we haven’t seen today).


Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 370 sold

A 10% drop.


From Ashes To New, Downfall (Bette Noise) 340 sold

This gains an 18% boost.


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

A tiny 2% boost.


Rivers of Nihil, Monarchy (Metal Blade) 320 sold

A 73% drop.


Pentagram, Curious Volume (Peaceville) 260 sold

A curious drop of 55%.


Northlane, Node (Rise) 240 sold

A 2% boost.


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

A 26% drop kan’t be good.


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

Time to sell 34 % less than last week.

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