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

Let’s talk Greta Van Fleet a minute. They sound just like Zeppelin. Some people (over 80,000 in fact) love them because of this. Others hate them because of this. Others hate them because of their rapid rise to fame. Some, like the writers at Pitchfork, hate them so much that they took the time took the time to write a short “review” that boils down to making fun of the band’s clothing and using words like “retro-futurism” and “mollycoddled”. Me? I think they’re fine. They have talent and I don’t think wearing their influences on their sleeves negates that. Hell, I’d like to see the band transition to doing something completely bonkers on their next album, completely unlike Zep. That would really get me interested. Whether or not the band can keep the hype up in the future remains to be seen, but for now I say just let people like them. It’s a straight up rock band topping the charts in 2018 and I think that’s kinda cool.
Notable Debuts:
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
Debut #1
80,425 sold
Greta Van Fleet’s debut album had a first week that other bands dream of having.
Disturbed, Evolution (Warner Bros.)
Debut #2
64,850 sold
It’s a solid debut, but this is also Disturbed’s first album since their 2000 debut album The Sickness not to debut at #1.
Ace Frehley, Spaceman (eOne)
Debut #9
13,100 sold
This is Ace’s eighth solo album and it features a guest appearance by Gene Simmons.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (Hollywood)
Debut #11
12,190 sold
I’m not sure how good the movie is going to be and the world has plenty of Queen compilations, but I felt like I had to include this anyway.
Soulfly, Ritual (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #35
3,575 sold
Soulfly’s eleventh album charted higher than its predecessor.
Amaranthe, Helix (Spinefarm)
Debut #53
2,435 sold
The band’s fifth album charts higher than its predecessor but sells less.
Euringer, Euringer (Metropolis)
Debut #106
1,200 sold
This is the side-project from Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence.
Northward, Northward (Nuclear Blast)
580 sold
This is the debut album from Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Jørn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind).
Sunflower Dead, C O M A (EMP)
550 sold
This is the band’s third studio album.
Rise Of The Northstar, The Legacy Of Shi (SharpTone)
340 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Marty Friedman, One Bad M.F. Live!!(Prothetic)
280 sold
A new live album from Marty Friedman.
Earthless, From the West (Nuclear Blast)
190 sold
This is a new live album from Earthless following a new studio album from earlier this year.
Gorod, Aethra (Overpowered)
170 sold
This is the band’s seventh album.

Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#30 (from 49)
4,300 sold

At week 50, this gets a 45% boost, and the band was already raking it in with their debut.





Coheed And Cambria, Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures (Roadrunner)
#55 (from 22)
2,175 sold
A 63% drop.

Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#79 (from 45)
1,450 sold

A 54% boost with just under 125,000 sold.





Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#86 (from 99)
1,350 sold

A 8% drop with over 150,000 sold.





Godsmack, Icon (Republic)
#90 (re-entry)
1,325 sold

This compilation album came out last June.





Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream (Fearless)
#98 (from 92)
1,250 sold
A drop of 23%.





Atreyu, In Our Wake(Spinefarm)
#107 (from 15)
1,175 sold
A drop of 86% in week two.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Living The Dream (Snakepit)
#111 (from 101)
1,125 sold
A 23% drop.

Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#116 (from 117)
1,100 sold

A drop of 5%.






Alice In Chains, Rainier Fog (BMG)
#118 (from 146)
1,075 sold

A 14% boost with just under 50k sold.





Behemoth, I Loved You At Your Darkest (Metal Blade)
#127 (from 95)
1,025 sold
A 34% drop.
Beartooth, Disease(Red Bull Records)
#129 (from 110)
1,025 sold
A 20% drop.




Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#142 (from 168)
970 sold

A 14% boost.






Clutch, Book of Bad Decisions (Weathermaker Music)
#145 (from 130)
960 sold
An 8% drop.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#149 (from 156)
930 sold

A 3% boost.





High On Fire, Electric Messiah (eOne)
#164 (from 126)
820 sold
A 23% drop.




Polyphia, New Levels New Devils (Equal Vision)
#169 (from 12)
800 sold
A 92% drop.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Wasteland (Rise Above)
#170 (from 52)
780 sold
A 73% drop.

Halestorm, Vicious (Atlantic)
#178 (from 157)
750 sold

A 16% drop is vicious.

Tom Morello, The Atlas Underground (Mom + Pop Music)
#183 (from 29)
740 sold
An 85% drop.
Asking Alexandria, Asking Alexandria (Sumerian)
#193 (re-entry)
680 sold
An 88% boost brings this back up.

Windhand, Eternal Return (Relapse)
420 sold

A 35% drop in week.






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

A 37% boost.






Beyond Creation, Algorythm (Season Of Mist)
310 sold
A 70% drop in week two.
Voivod, The Wake (Century Media)
230 sold
A 39% boost.

Deicide, Overtures Of Blasphemy(Century Media)
220 sold

A 19% drop is blasphemous.






Seventh Wonder, Tiara (Frontiers)
210 sold
A 71% second week drop.






Revocation, The Outer Ones (Metal Blade)
190 sold

A 34% drop.






All Them Witches, ATW (New West)
180 sold

A drop of 81%.





Riverside, Wasteland(Inside Out)
160 sold

A 43% drop.