Metal By Numbers 12/20: War on Christmas

Posted by on December 20, 2017

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

No, there isn’t actually any Christmas music on here nor do I think there is a war on Christmas. Anyway, it’s a pretty sizable list of debuts this week including the surprise live album from Ghost. It’s obviously perfect for your holiday listening and I’m sure if Baby Jesus was born today it would make a wonderful birthday gift. Well, better than myrrh anyway. Enjoy your holidays everybody.

Also, I was asked for Korn numbers. The Serenity of Suffering sold 300 copies this week and has sold over 133,000 copies to date.


Notable Debuts: 

War Of Ages, Alpha (Facedown)
2,900 sold

The band’s eighth album doesn’t debut as much its predecessor, but it’s still a solid debut.





Ghost, Ceremony and Devotion (Loma Vista)
2,100 sold

Ghost’s first live album may by a surprise, but that means first week sales are lower than what they could have been. For reference, here’s how last year’s Popestar EP did in week one.





Avenged Sevenfold, Live at the Grammy Museum (Capitol)
1,800 sold

This is also Avenged Sevenfold’s first live album, and like Ghost’s, was sort of a surprise. They’re really leaning into the surprise release thing, eh?






Diablo Swing Orchestra, Pascifisticuffs (Spinefarm)
500 sold

This is the band’s fourth studio album.





A Night in Texas, The Global Slaughter (Self-Released)
200 sold

This is the second album from this Australian (where else?) deathcore band.





Feared, Svart (Self-Released)
200 sold

This is the band’s eighth album.





Red Death, Formidable Darkness (Triple B)
200 sold

This is the second album from the DC crossover thrash band.







Notable Sales: 

Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
7,000 sold

This dropped by almost half in week two.





Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
4,800 sold

A 17% drop, so this is hanging in there.





Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
4,300 sold

A 6% boost with over 200,000 sold.





Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
2,900 sold

A 4% boost.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
2,500 sold

A 32% boost.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
2,100 sold

A 24% boost.





Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
2,000 sold

A 31% drop. Also, Mike Shinoda is up to something.





Theory of a Deadman, Wake Up Call (Atlantic)
1,900 sold

Over 30,000 sold.





Iron Maiden, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (BMG)
1,600 sold

A 20% drop.





Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
1650 sold

A 3% drop with over 120,000 sold.





Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
1,200 sold

A 14% drop.





Black Sabbath, The End (Eagle Rock)
1,100 sold

Sabbath’s final performance has sold over 9,000 so far.





Project 86, Sheep Among Wolves (Team Black)
1,100 sold

A second week 62% drop.





Morbid Angel, Kingdoms Disdained (Silver Lining)
900 sold

A 63% drop in week two.





Trivium, The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
1,200 sold

A 25% drop.





Hollywood Undead, Five (BMG)
1,300 sold

A 38% drop.





Glassjaw, Material Control (Century Media)
700 sold

An 82% drop in week two.





Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
600 sold

This sold the same as last week.





Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
600 sold
This also sold the same as last week.





The Faceless, In Becoming A Ghost (Sumerian Records)
600 sold

A second week drop of 85%.





Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
500 sold

A 17% drop.





August Burns Red, Phantom Anthem (Fearless)
400 sold

Drops back down by 64%.






Cavalera Conspiracy, Psychosis (Napalm Records)
400 sold

A 33% drop.





Electric Wizard, Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm)
400 sold

Also also sold the same as last week.





Sons Of Apollo, Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
400 sold
Also also also the same as last week.





Entheos, Dark Future (Spinefarm)
300 sold

Also also…okay, I’ll stop the gag. Same as last week.





Converge, The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Deathwish)
300 sold

A 25% drop






Phinehas, Dark Flag (Artery)
300 sold

A 50% boost.





Operation: Mindcrime, A New Reality (Frontiers)
250 sold

A 69% *snort* drop.





Sweet & Lynch, Unified (Frontiers)
200 sold

A 33% drop.

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