Metal By Numbers 11/22: Sensing the presence of Evanescence

Posted by on November 22, 2017

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

I cannot hear Evanescence without thinking about Daredevil. I don’t mean the awesome newer Netflix series, I mean the 2003 film starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, which heavily featured Evanescence’s two biggest hits (“My Immortal” and “Bring Me To Life” if you were wondering) along with a bunch of other early 2000’s rock songs. In fact, Daredevil came out before Evanescence’s debut album Fallen, and that album came out the same day as Daredevil: The Album, which features both of those songs. Anyway, both those songs are featured on the new album with orchestral arrangements. Another noteworthy feat: Master of Puppets sold over 12,000 copies this week following the release of the deluxe reissue. The reissue itself sold 4,750 copies.


Notable Debuts: 

Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
Debut #4
30,700 sold

This is Evanescence’s first album in six years. It’s a solid debut by today’s standards, though it pales in comparison to the first week numbers of their last album.


Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires (Lava)
Debut #13
11,500 sold

Following the growing success of their first EP released earlier this year, the band has released a second EP.





Quicksand, Interiors (Epitaph)
Debut #30
5,350 sold

The band’s third album is their first release in 22 years.





Sweet & Lynch, Unified (Frontiers)
Debut #53
3,400 sold

This is the second studio album from this collaboration of guitarists Michael Sweet (Stryper) and George Lynch (ex-Dokken)




Hüsker Dü, Savage Young Dü (Numero)
Debut #70
2,625 sold

This is a box set featuring a ton of unreleased material from the band.





Toothgrinder, Phantom Amour (Spinefarm)
Debut #76
2,400 sold

Toothgrinder has come a long way since its debut album released early last year.





Entheos, Dark Future (Spinefarm)
Debut #127
1,550 sold

Another band releasing their sophomore album a year after their debut.





Hail the Sun, Secret Wars (Equal Vision)
Debut #168
1,200 sold

Following last year’s Culture Scars, the band release a new EP.





Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes, Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From Yo(Self-Released)
920 sold

This is a band featuring members of Senses Fail and Finch.





The Dark Element, The Dark Element (Frontiers)
690 sold

This is a new project featuring Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish) and Jani Liimatainen (ex-Sonata Arctica).






Jeff Scott Soto, Retribution (Frontiers)
530 sold

This is Soto’s sixth solo album and his first since 2012.






Your Memorial, Your Memorial (Facedown)
520 sold

This self-titled EP is the band’s last release; they broke up back in May.






Bodysnatcher, Death Of Me (Stay Sick)
400 sold

This is the band’s debut album.





Lionheart, Welcome To The West Coast II (Fast Break!)
380 sold

This is the band’s first release following their brief hiatus.






Cloak, To Venomous Depths (Season Of Mist)

This is #20 on Decibel’s top 20.





Axis, Shift (Good Fight Music)
290 sold

This is the band’s second album.





Destruction, Thrash Anthems II (Nuclear Blast)
270 sold

Like its predecessor, this is a rerecording of some of the band’s classic material.





Spock’s Beard, Snow – Live (Metal Blade)
270 sold

This is a live performance of the band performing their 2002 studio album of the same name.





Amberian Dawn, Darkness of Eternity (Napalm)
250 sold

This is the band’s eighth studio album.





Primal Fear, Best of Fear (Frontiers)
210 sold

As the name implies, this is a greatest hits compilation.





Notable Sales: 

Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
#52 (from 50)
3,400 sold

Over 180,000 sold.





Theory of a Deadman, Wake Up Call (Atlantic)
#83 (from 46)
2,300 sold

A 39% drop.




Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
#105 (from 21)
1,925 sold

A second week 73% drop.




Hollywood Undead, Five (BMG)
#117 (from 81)
1,725 sold

A 31% drop.





Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
#128 (from 131)
1,550 sold

An 8% drop.





Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#142 (from 97)
1,450 sold

A 34% drop.




Trivium, The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
#147 (from 125)
1,425 sold

A drop of 19%.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#149 (from 45)
1,350 sold

Sales continue to swing this way and that with a 65% drop.





Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
#158 (from 172)
1,250 sold

A tiny drop of 3%.





Converge, The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Deathwish)
#170 (from 16)
1,200 sold

A second week drop of 87%. It’s also #10 on Decibel’s top 40 albums of 2017.





Zao, Pyrrhic Victory (Observed/Observer)
#197 (first entry)
1,050 sold

This defies a second week drop and instead gets boosted by 77%.




Sons Of Apollo, Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
530 sold

A 27% drop.





King Gizzard & the Lizard WizardSketches of Brunswick East (ATO)
320 sold

A 10% boost.





Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
310 sold
A 25% drop. It’s #37 on Decibel’s top 40.

Appice, Sinister (Steamhammer)
270 sold

A 31% drop.



Bell Witch, Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore)
210 sold

A 45% drop.





Beast In Black, Berserker (Nuclear Blast)
210 sold

A 67% drop in week two.





Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Volume 1 (Reissue)  (Rise Above)
200 sold

A 41% drop.


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