Metal By Numbers 1/31: Sales are looking grim

Posted by on January 31, 2018

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

You’ll be happy to know that we have full chart information this week, meaning that we have chart positions for those artists listed in”Top Current Albums” as well as numbers for albums you haven’t seen on here in a while. You won’t see any sales affected by the Grammys yet, assuming you care about that sort of thing. I suppose Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand may pop up again after winning “Best Metal Performance” but if you’re reading this chances are you either have that album already or don’t care.


Notable Debuts:

Black Label Society, Grimmest Hits (eOne)
Debut #4
14,600 sold

Zakk & co.s first album in four years is off to a solid start.




Of Mice & Men, Defy (Rise)
Debut #11
9,425 sold

The band’s first album with new vocalist Aaron Pauley charted higher but sold much less than the band’s last two albums.



Cane Hill, Too Far Gone (Rise)
Debut #39
3,750 sold

The band’s second album debuts higher, sells about the same as its predecessor.




Whitesnake, The Purple Tour (Rhino)
Debut #76
1,700 sold

This live album was recorded during support for the band’s latest studio LP The Purple Album (duh). It’s great if you like Deep Purple, who David Coverdale was a member of.




Def Leppard, The Lost Session (Live) EP (Virgin)
Debut #145
920 sold

This is a live session EP made available exclusively on iTunes following the digital release of the band’s catalogue.




Terror Universal, Make Them Bleed (Minus Head)
Debut #165
840 sold

This is the band’s debut album.





Arkona, Khram (Napalm Records)
340 sold

This is the band’s eighth album.





Anvil, Pounding The Pavement (SPV/Steamhammer)
340 sold

This is the band’s seventeenth studio album.





Magnum, Lost on the Road to Eternity (SPV/Steamhammer)
230 sold

This is the band’s twentieth studio album.





Notable Sales:

Ghost, Ceremony and Devotion (Loma Vista)
#33 (re-entry)
4,125 sold

Ghost’s live album got a massive boost back into charting territory.





Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#35 (from 38)
3,950 sold

A 13% boost with over 60,000 sold.




Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
#40 (from 31)
3,700 sold

Over 50,000 sold.




Black Veil Brides, Vale (Lava/Republic)
#49 (from 3)
2,800 sold

A second week drop of 88%.




Joe Satriani, What Happens Next (Sony)
#53 (from 9)
2,700 sold

A second week 75% drop.





Corrosion Of Conformity, No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)
#70 (from 12)
2,025 sold

A 75% drop in week two.





Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
#86 (from 86)
1,500 sold

A 9% boost. This could see another boost thanks to “Run” winning “Best Rock Song” at the Grammys.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#97 (from 108)
1,350 sold

A 15% boost.





Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#136 (from 105)
1,025 sold
A drop of 14%.




Linkin Park, One More Light Live (Warner Bros.)
#139 (from 98)
1,000 sold

A 20% drop.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#140 (from 138)
980 sold

A 5% boost.





Asking Alexandria, Asking Alexandria (Sumerian)
#152 (from 90)
890 sold
A 35% drop.




Theory of a Deadman, Wake Up Call (Atlantic)
#156 (from 140)
860 sold

A drop of 4%.





Avatar, Avatar Country (eOne)
#166 (from #24)
830 sold

An 84% second week drop.





Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
#167 (from 167)
820 sold

A 17% boost.




Nothing More, The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Better Noise/Eleven Seven)
#172 (from 165)
800 sold

A 12% boost.




Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#183 (from 118)
750 sold

A drop of 28%.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#193 (from 135)
700 sold

A 27% drop.





Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
#198 (from 155)
690 sold

A 14% drop.





Watain, Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)
450 sold

A 22% drop.





Ty Tabor, Alien Beans (RatPak)
390 sold

An 85% drop in week two.





Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
250 sold

Just under 20,000 sold.





King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
250 sold

This got boosted way up.





King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Murder Of The Universe (ATO)
200 sold

This got a small 2% boost.





Godflesh, Post Self (Shellshock)
190 sold

This got boosted by 80%.





Sons Of Apollo, Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
190 sold
A 10% drop.




King Gizzard & the Lizard WizardSketches of Brunswick East (ATO)
190 sold

I missed writing about three different King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard albums in the same post.





Morbid Angel, Kingdoms Disdained (Silver Lining)
170 sold

A 24% drop is disdainful.





Ded, Mis•an•thrope (Surestone)
150 sold
An 11% boost.

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