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

I don’t know about you, but to me January 2018 moved a pace so slow that Electric Wizard got jealous. Hell, I’m convinced the only reason we’re getting real Tool album updates is some cosmic force warped space and time for that one month. Conversely, February will be done within a week, and I feel like all I did was blink. Sure, being the shortest month of the year helps, but the fact that the first day of spring is in less than month still baffles me. Personally, I don’t mind picking up the pace so much since there’s a slew of new releases set to come rolling out the doors from Between the Buried and Me and Judas Priest at the start of March to TesseracT at the end of April. And that’s only four months into the year.


Notable Debuts:

Good Tiger, We Will All Be Gone (Metal Blade)
Debut #50
2,750 sold

The band’s second album makes a solid debut.




Fu Manchu, Clone Of The Universe (At The Dojo)
Debut #76
1,775 sold

This is the band’s 12th album and features Rush’s very own Alex Lifeson on the final track.





Harm’s Way, Posthuman (Metal Blade)
Debut #123
1,175 sold

The band’s fourth album doesn’t sell quite as much as its predecessor.





Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue (Housecore)
Debut #142
1,000 sold

This has been out a few weeks now, but this its first appearance on the charts.





Legend Of The Seagullmen, Legend Of The Seagullmen (Dine Alone)
Debut #155
940 sold

The supergroup featuring Danny Carey (Tool) and Brent Hinds (Mastodon) makes its debut.





Visigoth, Conquerer’s Oath (Metal Blade)
Debut #171
840 sold

This is the band’s second album.





The Atlas Moth, Coma Noir (Prosthetic)
620 sold

This is the band’s fourth studio album.






Therion, Beloved Antichrist (Nuclear Blast)
160 sold

The band’s fifteenth album is three hours long.





Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#31 (from 33)
4,825 sold

A 15% boost




Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
#38 (from 29)
4,125 sold

A 10% drop.





Asking Alexandria, Asking Alexandria (Sumerian)
#86 (from 168)
1,575 sold
A huge 93% boost back up.



Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
#95 (from 88)
1,450 sold

A 5% boost.





Black Label Society, Grimmest Hits (eOne)
#98 (from 65)
1,425 sold

A 24% drop with over 20,000 sold.




Black Veil Brides, Vale (Lava/Republic)
#102 (from 134)
1,400 sold

A 44% boost with just under 30,000 sold.





Machine Head, Catharsis (Nuclear Blast)
#117 (from 68)
1,200 sold

A 33% drop. Also, things aren’t looking great for the band’s current tour.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#130 (from 125)
1,100 sold

A 7% boost.





Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#141 (from 122)
1,025 sold
This sold the same as last week.




Joe Satriani, What Happens Next (Sony)
#144 (from 124)
1,000 sold

A slight 2% drop.





Theory of a Deadman, Wake Up Call (Atlantic)
#153 (from 166)
970 sold

A 16% boost with over 40,000 sold.





Corrosion Of Conformity, No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)
#164 (from 85)
890 sold

A 37% drop.





Linkin Park, One More Light Live (Warner Bros.)
#174 (from 162)
830 sold

A tiny drop of 1%.





Saxon, Thunderbolt (Militia Guard)
#180 (from 58)
810 sold

A 63% second week drop.





Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
#191 (from 173)
760 sold

A 5% drop.





Sons Of Apollo, Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
390 sold
A big boost of 79%.




Tribulation, Down Below (Century Media)
290 sold

A 34% drop.


Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
220 sold

A 41% boost a year after release.





King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
210 sold

A 9% boost.





Watain, Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)
190 sold

A 5% boost.






Mammoth Grinder, Cosmic Crypt (Relapse)
180 sold

A 48% drop.





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

A 24% boost brings this back up.





Ded, Mis•an•thrope (Surestone)
170 sold

A 3% drop.







King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Murder Of The Universe (ATO)
160 sold

A 36% drop, but hey the other two albums got boosts.