Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Once again we have a week featuring a large amount of debuts, 15 to be exact. Gatecreeper leads the pack with a top 30 debut. Not only did the band’s second album chart, but it sold almost 4 times the amount Sonoran Depravation sold in its first week. That may sound like a no brainer: a band puts out its debut album, gains more of a following during touring cycles, and its next album see an increase in sales. But it doesn’t always go that way. Bands sometimes stagnate or don’t quite reach the same level of sales as previous albums. But it’s good to see fresh blood leading the charge.
Notable Debuts:
Gatecreeper, Deserted (Relapse)
Debut #26
3,425 sold
Gatecreeper’s second album marks its best debut yet.
Issues, Beautiful Oblivion (Rise)
Debut #28
3,350 sold
The band’s third album doesn’t sell even half as much as its predecessor.
The Darkness, Easter Is Cancelled (Cooking Vinyl)
Debut #39
2,875 sold
The band’s sixth studio album sold a little less than 2017’s Pinewood Smile.
Oh, Sleeper, Bloodied / Unbowed (Solid State)
Debut #59
2,000 sold
This is the band’s fourth album. So, between this and the new As I Lay Dying, is it safe to assume Wovenwar is dead?
Kublai Khan, Absolute (Rise)
Debut #68
1,775 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
Exhumed, Horror (Relapse)
Debut #76
1,650 sold
This is the band’s eighth studio album.
Insomnium, Heart Like A Grave (Century Media)
Debut #77
1,625 sold
This is the band’s eighth studio album.
Toxic Holocaust, Primal Future: 2019 (Entertainment One)
Debut #92
1,225 sold
This is the band’s sixth album.
Spite, The Root of All Evil (Stay Sick)
Debut #168
720 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Boris, Love & Evol (Third Man)
590 sold
This is the band’s twenty-fifth album.
In Mourning, Garden Of Storms (Agonia)
300 sold
This is the band’s fifth album.
Epica, Design Your Universe: Gold Edition (Nuclear Blast)
300 sold
This is a 10th anniversary re-release of the band’s fourth album.
GosT, Valediction (Century Media)
280 sold
This is GosT’s first release on Century Media.
Boris, Feedbacker (Reissue)  (Third Man Records)
260 sold
In addition to a new album, Boris has released a reissue of its sixth album.
We Lost The Sea, Triumph & Disaster (Translation Loss)
260 sold
This is the band’s fourth studio album.
Notable Sales:
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#22 (from 24)
4,075 sold
A 9% drop with over 300,000 sold.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#48 (from 44)
2,425 sold
A 9% drop.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#51 (from 29)
2,375 sold
A 35% drop and over 40,000 sold.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#55 (from #40)
2,175 sold
A 27% drop.
Opeth, In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast)
#65 (from 8)
1,825 sold
A drop of 80% in week two.
HELLYEAH, Welcome Home (Eleven Seven Music)
#84 (from 9)
1,450 sold
A second week drop of 84%.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#91 (from 85)
1,300 sold
A 10% drop.
As I Lay Dying, Shaped By Fire (Nuclear Blast)
#96 (from 69)
1,200 sold
A 28% drop.
Steel Panther, Heavy Metal Rules(Steel Panther Inc.)
#113 (from 14)
1,000 sold
A drop of 84% in week two.
The Hu, The Gereg (Eleven Seven)
#130 (from 100)
870 sold
A 21% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#131 (from 138)
870 sold
A 5% boost.
Disturbed, Evolution (Warner Bros.)
#133 (fr0m 67)
860 sold
A 50% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#141 (from 124)
820 sold
A 6% drop.
Godsmack, Icon (Republic)
#159 (from 156)
750 sold
A 4% boost. This is on the charts right next to…
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#160 (from 144)
740 sold
A 8% drop.
Killswitch Engage, Atonement (Metal Blade)
#107 (from 98)
730 sold
A 25% drop.
Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#173 (from 150)
700 sold
A 11% drop.
Infant Annihilator, The Battle of Yaldabaoth(Self-Released)
#181 (re-entry)
660 sold
A whopping 93% boost.
KMFDM, Paradise(Metropolis)
#195 (from 149)
590 sold
This is the band’s 21st album.
DragonForce, Extreme Power Metal (Metal Blade Records)
#199 (from 35)
580 sold
An 82% second week drop.
Shadow of Intent, Melancholy (Self-Released)
330 sold
This got boosted way back up.
Dayseeker, Sleeptalk (Spinefarm)
300 sold
A 82% drop in week two.
Creeping Death, Wretched Illusions(eOne)
250 sold
A 62% drop in week two.
Chelsea Wolfe, Birth of Violence(Sargent House)
250 sold
A 19% drop.
Cult Of Luna, A Dawn To Fear (Metal Blade)
230 sold
A 13% drop.
Borknagar, True North (Century Media)
230 sold
A 73% drop in week two.
Wednesday 13, Necrophaze (Nuclear Blast)
220 sold
A drop of 88%.
Exhorder, Mourn The Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast)
210 sold
A 57% drop.
Monolord, No Comfort(Relapse)
180 sold
A 32% drop.
Uniform & The Body, Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back(Sacred Bones)
160 sold
A 58% boost back up.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
160 sold
A 4% drop.