Metal By Numbers 10/17: Sales are at their darkest

Posted by on October 17, 2018

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

I’ve been looking forward to this particular edition of MBN for weeks now, namely because of new albums from Behemoth and High On Fire. I’ve had a hard time getting into new music lately but not because I think the stuff I’ve listened to is bad or anything. Actually, I’m usually annoyed because I recognize that what I’m listening to is technically good but it just doesn’t connect with me for whatever reason. But I’ve been loving both I Loved You At Your Darkest and Electric Messiah. Hopefully you have been too.
Notable Debuts:
Coheed And Cambria, Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures (Roadrunner)
Debut #6
28,700 sold
This is the band’s ninth studio album and returns to the Amory Wars storyline (assuming you pay attention to that whole thing). Their debut album for Roadrunner is a big one.
Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream (Fearless)
Debut #7
16,150 sold
Ice Nine Kills’ horror movie inspired fifth album marks the band’s best debut by far, landing in the top 10 and selling more than double its predecessor.
Behemoth, I Loved You At Your Darkest (Metal Blade)
Debut #18
8,350 sold
At long last Behemoth’s eleventh studio album has arrived.
High On Fire, Electric Messiah (eOne)
Debut #23
6,525 sold
It’s the year of Matt Pike! High On Fire’s eighth album sold more in its first week than its predecessor.

Windhand, Eternal Return (Relapse)
Debut #63
2,650 sold

The band’s fourth album debuted with about the same sold as its predecessor.

Fucked Up, Dose Your Dreams (Merge)
Debut #84
1,875 sold
This is the band’s fifth album.
Sylar, Seasons (Hopeless)
Debut #108
1,300 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Monuments, Phronesis (Century Media)
Debut #125
1,100 sold
This is the band’s third album and first in four years.
Author & Punisher, Beastland (Relapse)
Debut #142
930 sold
This is the sixth full-length from the one-man industrial doom metal project.

Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#43 (from 48)
3,275 sold

A 7% boost. The band’s debut album will be out at the end of this week. You read that right: they’ve had mountainous success before even putting out a full-length.




Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#58 (from 100)
2,825 sold

This got a whopping boost of 102%.





Beartooth, Disease (Red Bull Records)
#69 (from 13)
2,275 sold
A drop of 77% in week two.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Living The Dream (Snakepit)
#73 (from 36)
2,175 sold
A 44% drop with nearly 25,000 sold.



Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#86 (from 70)
1,750 sold

A 6% drop.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#109 (from 98)
1,300 sold

The tiniest 7% drop.





Alice In Chains, Rainier Fog (BMG)
#115 (from 90)
1,200 sold

A 19% drop with nearly 50,000 sold.





Clutch, Book of Bad Decisions (Weathermaker Music)
#118 (from 111)
1,175 sold
A 9% drop.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#113 (from 94)
1,100 sold

A 12% drop closing in on 100,000 sold.





Halestorm, Vicious (Atlantic)
#63 (from 124)
870 sold

A 59% drop.





Thrice, Palms(Epitaph)
#157 (from 126)
850 sold
A 24% drop.

Riverside, Wasteland(Inside Out)
#166 (from 106)
800 sold

A 39% drop.





Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#186 (from 170)
720 sold

A 15% dr0p.





Terror, Total Retaliation(Pure Noise)
#187 (from 50)
710 sold

A 76% second week drop.





Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#188 (from 167)
710 sold

A 17% drop.





Bad Wolves, Disobey (Eleven Seven)
#196 (from 178)
690 sold

Over 45,000 copies sold.





Revocation, The Outer Ones (Metal Blade)
640 sold

An 81% drop in week two.


Deicide, Overtures Of Blasphemy(Century Media)
500 sold

A 39% drop.


Hail the Sun, Mental Knife(Equal Vision)
330 sold

A 91% second week drop.


All Them Witches, ATW (New West)
320 sold

A 77% drop in week two.

Aborted, TerrorVision (Century Media)
310 sold
A 38% drop.
Anaal Nathrakh, A New Kind Of Horror (Metal Blade)
290 sold
A second week 56% drop.
Voivod, The Wake (Century Media)
290 sold
A 32% drop.
Gouge Away, Burnt Sugar (Deathwish Inc.)
260 sold

A 75% drop in the second week.






Awake At Last, Life/Death/Rebirth (Self-Released)
250 sold

This pops up yet again.






Horrendous, Idol (Season Of Mist)
Debut #160
230 sold

A 74% drop in week two.


Pig Destroyer, Head Cage (Relapse)
190 Sold

A 35% drop.





Dee Snider, For The Love Of Metal (Napalm)
190 sold

A 31% drop.






Omnium Gatherum, The Burning Cold (Century Media)
190 sold

A huge 131% boost brings this back up.

Nothing, Dance On The Blacktop (Relapse)
170 sold
This popped up against after dropping off last week.


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