Metal By Numbers 10/9: Opeth open on top

Posted by on October 9, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
There’s just something so fitting about an Opeth album coming out in the fall. Seven of the band’s thirteen albums came out in or a little before fall, and while it’s a popular time for album releases in general (just look at the last month or so of this column), it’s also true that fall and winter are arguably the most metal seasons. So that just makes it more exciting when one of metal’s most beloved bands chooses this time of year to release a new album. Or maybe I’m just being a big flailing fanboy about it. After all, I’ve been alternating between the English and Swedish versions of the new album.
Notable Debuts:
Opeth, In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #8
9,275 sold
Opeth thirteenth studio album didn’t sell as much as its predecessor, but it did crack the top 10.
HELLYEAH, Welcome Home (Eleven Seven Music)
Debut #9
9,050 sold
This is the band’s sixth album and final release to feature Vinnie Paul before his death.
Steel Panther, Heavy Metal Rules (Steel Panther Inc.)
Debut #14
6,375 sold
Steel Panther’s fifth album debuted a little lower than its predecessor.
Of Mice & Men, Earthandsky (Rise)
Debut #27
3,725 sold
The band’s sixth album didn’t sell as much as its predecessors.
DragonForce, Extreme Power Metal (Metal Blade Records)
Debut #35
3,175 sold
The band’s eighth album charted higher, sold a little less than its predecessor.
Wednesday 13, Necrophaze (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #66
1,750 sold
This is the band’s eighth album.
Dayseeker, Sleeptalk (Spinefarm)
Debut #68
1,650 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
Car Bomb, Mordial (Self-Released)
Debut #86
1,300 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
SeeYouSpaceCowboy, The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds (Pure Noise)
Debut #117
910 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Borknagar, True North (Century Media)
Debut #133
850 sold
This is the band’s eleventh studio album.
KMFDM, Paradise (Metropolis)
Debut #149
800 sold
This is the band’s 21st album.
Creeping Death, Wretched Illusions (eOne)
Debut #170
660 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Wind Rose, Wintersaga (Napalm)
Debut #195
560 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
Howling Giant, The Space Between Worlds (Blues Funeral)
240 sold
This is the band’s debut full-length.
Cynic, Traced In Air Remixed (Season Of Mist)
190 sold
This re-release of the band’s 2008 album was mixed by Periphery’s Adam “Nolly” Getgood.
Notable Sales:
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#24 (from 11)
4,475 sold
A 35% drop
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#29 (from 12)
3,675 sold
A 39% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#40 (from #33)
3,000 sold
A 3% boost.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#44 (from 35)
2,675 sold
Over 500,000 sold.
Disturbed, Evolution (Warner Bros.)
#67 (fr0m 34)
1,725 sold
A 38% drop.
As I Lay Dying, Shaped By Fire (Nuclear Blast)
#69 (from 9)
1,650 sold
A second week drop of 82%.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#85 (from 73)
1,450 sold
Over 4% boost.
Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#96 (re-entry)
1,200 sold
This re-entered the charts two weeks ago, dropped off, then got boosted up again by 150%.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#100 (from 87)
1,100 sold
A 19% drop.
Killswitch Engage, Atonement (Metal Blade)
#107 (from 98)
980 sold
A 16% drop.
Starset, Divisions (Fearless)
#108 (from 63)
980 sold
A 46% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#124 (from 118)
880 sold
A 5% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#138 (from 174)
830 sold
A 34% boost.
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#144 (from 137)
810 sold
A tiny 1% boost.
Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#150 (from 190)
790 sold
A 42% boost with over 180,000 sold.
Godsmack, Icon (Republic)
#156 (from 181)
720 sold
A 23% boost.
Volbeat, Rewind, Replay, Rebound(Republic)
#159 (from 149)
710 sold
A 3% drop.
Exhorder, Mourn The Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast)
500 sold
A 70% drop.
Infant Annihilator, The Battle of Yaldabaoth(Self-Released)
340 sold
A 73% boost.
Chelsea Wolfe, Birth of Violence(Sargent House)
300 sold
A 52% drop.
Monolord, No Comfort(Relapse)
270 sold
A second week drop of 85%.
Cult Of Luna, A Dawn To Fear (Metal Blade)
270 sold
A 78% drop in week two.
Kobra And The Lotus, Evolution (Napalm)
260 sold
A 70% second week drop.
HammerFall, Dominion (Napalm)
220 sold
A big boost back up of 85%.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
170 sold
A big boost of 105% back up
Tarja, In The Raw (earMUSIC)
170 sold
This also got boosted up by 43%.
Black Star Riders, Another State of Grace(Nuclear Blast)
170 sold
A 3% boost.
Sacred Reich, Awakening(Metal Blade)
170 sold
A 16% drop.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
170 sold
A 7% boost back up.

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