Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
It’s hard for me to find time to just sit and listen to new music nowadays and it’s harder when it’s early in the year and I haven’t found anything I’m interested in yet. Luckily, there’s a new Kvelertak album out, and I that’s what I chose to listen to while writing up this week’s Metal By Numbers. I also listened to the new Ozzy Osbourne album, and if you check out Headbanger’s Brawl you can read what I and the rest of the Metal Insider staff thought of it.
Notable Debuts:
Hollywood Undead, New Empire, Vol. 1 (BMG)
Debut #18
5,800 sold
This debuted with less than three times what its predecessor sold.
Suicide Silence, Become The Hunter (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #30
3,600 sold
The band’s sixth studio album sold less, charted higher than its negatively received predecessor.
Black Swan, Shake The World (Frontiers)
Debut #44
2,450 sold
This band features current and former members of Whitesnake, Dokken, Ace Frehley.
Kvelertak, Splid (Rise)
Debut #60
1,750 sold
Kvelertak’s third album charted higher, sold lower than its 2016 predecessor.
Brian Posehn, Grandpa Metal (Megaforce)
Debut #113
940 sold
Brian Posehn, who wrote the song this column is named after, releases his first album since 2013.
Ihsahn, Telemark (Candlelight)
Debut #160
660 sold
This is Ihsan’s first EP.
Archon Angel, Fallen (Frontiers Music)
Debut #187
590 sold
This is the debut album by the a band fronted by Zak Stevens (Savatage, Circle II Circle)
Psychotic Waltz, The God-Shaped Void(Century Media)
460 sold
This is the band’s fifth studio album and first in 24 years.
Seven Spires, Emerald Seas (Frontiers Music)
410 sold
This is the band’s second studio album.
Necrowretch, The Ones From Hell (Season Of Mist)
260 sold
This is the band’s fourth studio album.
Godthrymm, Reflections (Profound Lore)
210 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Hardline, Life Live (Frontiers)
210 sold
Hardline’s new album comes a year after their latest studio album.
Notable Sales:
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#41 (from 32)
2,550 sold
A 13% drop.
Breaking Benjamin, Aurora (Hollywood)
#49 (from 38)
2,300 sold
A 12% drop.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#59 (from 56)
1,750 sold
A 11% boost
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#66 (from 65)
1,475 sold
A 9% boost.
Stone Temple Pilots, Perdida (Rhino)
#91 (from 13)
1,100 sold
A 78% second week drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#101 (from 88)
1,025 sold
A 6% drop.
Theory Of A Deadman, Say Nothing(Atlantic)
#104 (from 60)
1,000 sold
A 33% drop.
Sepultura, Quadra (Nuclear Blast)
#114 (from 26)
940 sold
A 71% drop in week two.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#135 (from 126)
800 sold
A 2% boost.
Alter Bridge, Walk The Sky(Napalm)
#150 (from 155)
730 sold
Another 17% boost.
Avenged Sevenfold, Diamonds in the Rough(Warner Bros.)
#151 (from 22)
700 sold
A 82% drop in week two.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#161 (from 138)
660 sold
A 4% drop.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#176 (from 137)
610 sold
A 12% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#177 (from 162)
610 sold
A 2% boost.
Sons of Apollo, MMXX(Inside Out)
540 sold
A 18% drop.
Bodysnatcher, This Heavy Void (Stay Sick)
490 sold
This sold about the same as last week.
Delain, Apocalypse & Chill(Napalm)
470 sold
A drop of 80% in week two.
Blood Incantation, Hidden History Of The Human Race (Dark Descent)
370 sold
A 19% drop.
British Lion, The Burning(Explorer1)
360 sold
A 22% boost.
Midnight, Rebirth By Blasphemy (Metal Blade)
320 sold
A 9% drop.
Revolution Saints, Rise(Frontiers)
310 sold
A 5% boost.
Lorna Shore, Immortal(Century Media)
300 sold
A 10% boost.
Caspian, On Circles (Triple Crown)
300 sold
A 12% drop.
Sylosis, Cycle Of Suffering (Nuclear Blast)
300 sold
A 78% drop in week two.
Richie Kotzen, 50 For 50(CD Baby)
240 sold
A 62% drop.
Jinjer, Macro(Napalm)
230 sold
A 3% drop.
210 sold
A 83% second week drop.
Kirk Windstein, Dream In Motion (eOne)
210 sold
A 20% drop.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
200 sold
A 14% boost.
Annihilator, Ballistic, Sadistic (Silver Lining)
200 sold
A 2% drop.
Fire From The Gods, American Sun (E7)
190 sold
A 1% boost.
Diabulus In Musica, Euphonic Entropy (Napalm)
190 sold