Metal By Numbers 2/28: The charts will find you

Posted by on February 28, 2018

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

I haven’t actually checked, but I’m pretty sure this is the largest list of debuts compiled yet for 2018. There’s a whopping 17 albums listed below, some you likely know, some you don’t know, some you don’t care about, and some that will make you say “wtf this is not metal.” Either way, there’s surely something for everyone here as always.


Notable Debuts:

Senses Fail, If There Is Light, It Will Find You (Pure Noise)
8,500 sold

The band’s seventh album charted higher than its 2015 predecessor.






Pop Evil, Pop Evil (eOne)
7,900 sold

Pop Evil’s fifth LP debuted with the lowest sales since the band’s first album.





Slaves, Beautiful Death (SBG)
5,700 sold

The band’s third album sold a little more than their previous release.





The Plot In You, Dispose (Fearless)
5,000 sold

This sold about the same as the band’s last album.






American Nightmare, American Nightmare (Rise)
3,150 sold

This is the band’s first new album in 15 years.






Pianos Become the Teeth, Wait for Love (Epitaph)
2,700 sold

This is the band’s fourth album.





John Corabi, Live ’94 (One Night In Nashville) (Rat Pak)
2,700 sold

On this live album, vocalist/guitarist John Corabi performs Mötley Crüe’s self-titled 1994 album in its entirety.





Windhand/Satan’s Satyrs, Split (Relapse)
1,000 sold

This split EP features two tracks from Windhand and three from Satan’s Satyrs.






Eyes Set To Kill, Eyes Set To Kill (Century Media)
700 sold

The band’s sixth album and first in five years didn’t sell even half what its predecessor did.






For The Fallen Dreams, Six (Rise)
600 sold

Similarly, For the Fallen Dreams’ sixth album also sold less than half of its predecessor.





Angra, Ømni (earMUSIC)
300 sold

This is Angra’s ninth album and first without Kiko Loureiro as a full member (he did a guest guitar solo on “War Horns”).





Visions Of Atlantis, The Deep & The Dark (Napalm)
300 sold

This is the band’s sixth album.





Traitors, Anger Issues (Kirkbride)
200 sold

This is the band’s third album.





Facing Fire, Facing Fire (Pavement)
150 sold

This is the band’s debut EP.





Letters From The Colony, Vignette (Nuclear Blast)
150 sold

This is the Swedish band’s debut album.





Extinction A.D., Decimation Treaty (Good Fight)
150 sold

This is the band’s second album.





Harakiri For The Sky, Arson (AOP)
150 sold

Harakiri For The Sky release their fourth album of atmospheric post black metal.






Notable Sales:

Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
4,200 sold

Over 70,000 sold.





Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
3,700 sold

Just under 80,000 sold.





Black Veil Brides, Vale (Lava/Republic)
1,450 sold

This got another boost this week and crossed over 30,000 sold.


Black Label Society, Grimmest Hits (eOne)
1,200 sold

A 16% drop.


Theory of a Deadman, Wake Up Call (Atlantic)
1,100 sold

A 13% boost.


Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
1,000 sold

A 31% drop.





Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
900 sold

A 18% drop.

Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
900 sold
Almost 270,000 sold.

Machine Head, Catharsis (Nuclear Blast)
800 sold

13,000 sold. Also, the tour is apparently back on.

Asking Alexandria, Asking Alexandria (Sumerian)
800 sold

35,000 copies sold.






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

130,000 sold.







Linkin Park, One More Light Live (Warner Bros.)
800 sold

35,000 sold.







Joe Satriani, What Happens Next (Sony)
700 sold

A 30% drop.







Visigoth, Conquerer’s Oath (Metal Blade)
650 sold

A 23% drop.






Corrosion Of Conformity, No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)
600 sold

A 33% drop with 15,000 sold.





Fu Manchu, Clone Of The Universe (At The Dojo)
400 sold

A 77% second week drop.




Saxon, Thunderbolt (Militia Guard)
400 sold

Sales drop by half.






Harm’s Way, Posthuman (Metal Blade)
400 sold

A 66% drop in week two.






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





Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
300 sold

A 36% boost.






The Atlas Moth, Coma Noir (Prosthetic)
250 sold

A 60% second week drop.






Tribulation, Down Below (Century Media)
200 sold

Just under 3,000 sold.



Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue (Housecore)
200 sold

An 80% second week drop.


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

About the same sold as last week.






Mammoth Grinder, Cosmic Crypt (Relapse)
200 sold

Same as last week.






Watain, Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)
200 sold

Again, same as last week.





Good Tiger, We Will All Be Gone (Metal Blade)
150 sold

This went from top debut to the bottom after a 95% drop.

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