Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
You can’t really talk about the new As I Lay Dying album without talking about the gargantuan elephant in the room. I remember when the news of Tim Lambesis’ arrest broke. I’d only been writing for Metal Insider for a few months and it was one of the first shocking news stories that I watched play out in the metal news scene. For years after, I’d pretty much written off As I Lay Dying as I’m sure many other people did. Now the band is back with the same lineup from seven years ago and it’s…weird. It just is. Look, musicians doing shitty things and making a comeback is a thing that happens. Hell, even if they don’t make a real comeback but people still love their music, I get it. And if you’re happy As I Lay Dying are back and you like the new album and you’re thrilled they’re this week’s top metal debut, that’s great and I’m happy for you. It’s just weird to me.
Notable Debuts:
As I Lay Dying, Shaped By Fire (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #9
9,175 sold
The band’s seventh album is its first in seven years.
Type O Negative, None More Negative (Roadrunner)
Debut #43
2,225 sold
This box set, originally release as Record Store Day exclusive, has been reissued and spans the band’s six album discography.
Monolord, No Comfort(Relapse)
Debut #66
1,750 sold
Monolord’s third album marks its best debut yet.
Exhorder, Mourn The Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #72
1,675 sold
This is the band’s third album and first release in 27 years.
Cult Of Luna, A Dawn To Fear (Metal Blade)
Debut #97
1,200 sold
The band’s latest album marks its best debut yet.
Michael Schenker Fest, Revelation (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #103
1,050 sold
This is the second album under the moniker Michael Schenker Fest.
Kobra And The Lotus, Evolution (Napalm)
Debut #130
850 sold
This is the band’s sixth studio album and third consecutive release following Prevail I in 2017 and Prevail II in 2018.
The Agonist, Orphans (Napalm)
500 sold
The Agonist’s sixth album didn’t sell quite as much as its predecessor. The band had a little war of words with its former singer not long ago.
No One Knows What The Dead Think, No One Knows What The Dead Think (Willowtip)
420 sold
This is the debut album from former members of Discordant Axis.
Hallow Point, Blacklight (Self-Released)
370 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
And Hell Followed With, Chimerical Reality (Hollowed)
360 sold
This EP is the band’s first release in nine years.
Blut Aus Nord, Hallucinogen (Debemur Morti)
350 sold
This is the band’s thirteenth album.
Coffins, Beyond The Circular Demise (Relapse)
340 sold
This is the band’s fifth album.
Melvins, The Maggot/The Bootlicker (Ipecac)
330 sold
This is a double vinyl rerelease of the band’s two albums from 1999.
Notable Sales:
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#11 (from 6)
6,850 sold
A 32% drop.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#12 (from 2)
6,000 sold
A 79% drop in week two.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#33 (from #24)
2,900 sold
Over 150,000 sold thus far.
Disturbed, Evolution (Warner Bros.)
#34 (fr0m 173)
2,775 sold
This got a disturbingly huge boost of 320%.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#35 (from 34)
2,725 sold
A 10% drop.
Starset, Divisions (Fearless)
#63 (from 5)
1,800 sold
A drop of 84% in week two.
Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#76 (from 76)
1,525 sold
This is in the same position as last week.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#85 (from 73)
1,375 sold
Over 40,000 sold.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#87 (from 9)
1,350 sold
A second week 82% drop.
Killswitch Engage, Atonement (Metal Blade)
#98 (from 61)
1,175 sold
A 35% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#118 (from 153)
920 sold
A 26% boost.
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#137 (from 112)
800 sold
A 16% drop.
Volbeat, Rewind, Replay, Rebound(Republic)
#149 (from 126)
730 sold
A 17% drop.
KXM, Circle Of Dolls(Rat Pak)
#165 (from 19)
650 sold
A drop of 84% in week two.
Chelsea Wolfe, Birth of Violence(Sargent House)
#172 (from 18)
630 sold
A second week drop of 85%.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits (Sony Legacy)
#174 (re-entry)
620 sold
A 24% boost back onto the charts.
#178 (from 32)
600 sold
A drop of 81% in week two.
Godsmack, Icon (Republic)
#181 (re-entry)
590 sold
A 15% boost back up.
Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#190 (from 200)
550 sold
A 14% boost was enough for this to peek its head up.
Ceremony, In The Spirit World Now (Relapse)
310 sold
A solid 72% boost up.
Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier, Corpse Flower (Ipecac)
290 sold
I missed this last week. It debuted with over 1,300 sold then dropped 78%.
Sacred Reich, Awakening(Metal Blade)
200 sold
A 24% drop.
Infant Annihilator, The Battle of Yaldabaoth(Self-Released)
200 sold
A 91% drop.