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

So Black Veil Brides have a new album called Vale, but it’s “vale” as in a valley, not “veil” as in “the bride had a black veil.” Just remember that it’s “Vale by Black Veil Brides” and not “Veil by Black Vale Brides.” Anywho, now that I’ve milked that bit, Vale is also this week’s top debut for meta and hard rock as the slew of new releases begin to flow in for 2018.



Notable Debuts:

Black Veil Brides, Vale (Lava/Republic)
23,000 sold

The band’s fifth studio album didn’t sell as much as their last two, but it is on par with 2011 release Set the World on Fire.




Joe Satriani, What Happens Next (Sony)
11,000 sold

Satch’s sixteenth studio album outdid its 2015 predecessor.





Corrosion Of Conformity, No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)
8,100 sold

The band’s first album with Pepper Keenan since 2005 sold way more than the band’s last two albums from 2012 and 2014.




Avatar, Avatar Country (eOne)
5,200 sold

Avatar’s seventh album doesn’t sell as much as its predecessor, but it’s still a solid debut.





Ty Tabor, Alien Beans (RatPak)
2,700 sold

This is the latest solo album from the King’s X guitarist.





White Wizzard, Infernal Overdrive (M-Theory Audio)
200 sold

White Wizzard’s fourth album is their first in five years.





Heidevolk, Vuur van Verzet (Napalm)
200 s0ld

This is the folk band’s sixth album.





Bleeding Gods, Dodekathlon (Nuclear Blast)
100 sold

This is the band’s second album.





Audrey Horne, Blackout (Napalm)
100 sold

This is the Norwegian band’s sixth album.





Hamferð, Támsins likam (Metal Blade)
100 sold

This is the band’s third album.




Notable Sales:

Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
4,100 sold

Over 50,000 sold.





Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
3,500 sold

A 19% drop.





Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
1,400 sold

A 22% drop with nearly 220,000 sold.





Asking Alexandria, Asking Alexandria (Sumerian Records)
1,400 sold
This sold about the same as last week.





Linkin Park, One More Light Live (Warner Bros.)
1,200 sold

Over 30,000 sold.





Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
1,200 sold
263,000 sold.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
1,200 sold

Same sold as last week.





Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
1,050 sold

Up by 50 more units from last week.





August Burns Red, Phantom Anthem (Fearless)
1,000 sold

A huge boost back up.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
1,000 sold

This has popped up again.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
900 sold

A 5% drop.





Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
800 sold

A 20% drop.





Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
800 sold

Just shy of 45,000 sold.





Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
700 sold

A 22% drop with over 126,000 sold.





Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
650 sold

A 35% drop.





Watain, Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)
600 sold

A 77% drop in week two.





Trivium, The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
500 sold

A 23% drop.





Iron Maiden, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (BMG)
400 sold

25,000 sold.





Hollywood Undead, Five (BMG)
400 sold

A 20% drop.





Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
300 sold
Same sold as last week.





Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
300 sold

38,000 sold.





Black Sabbath, The End (Eagle Rock)
250 sold

Over 11,000 sold.





Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
200 sold

Nearly 15,000 sold.





Morbid Angel, Kingdoms Disdained (Silver Lining)
200 sold

Same sold as last week.





Sons Of Apollo, Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
200 sold
11,000 sold.





Summoning, With Doom We Come (Napalm Records)
900 sold

A 78% drop in week two.





Electric Wizard, Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm)
200 sold

Same sold as last week.





Cavalera Conspiracy, Psychosis (Napalm Records)
150 sold

Dropped by half.




Converge, The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Deathwish)
100 sold

Almost 15,000 sold.





Ghost, Ceremony and Devotion (Loma Vista)
100 sold

3,000 sold





The Faceless, In Becoming A Ghost (Sumerian Records)
100 sold

Same sold as last week.