Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I’ve been sitting here the last few minutes trying to write an opening paragraph that isn’t just about how much I enjoy the new Dream Theater album, but I’m just so happy I actually like it. Last year, a few bands I love put out albums that I thought were just okay. Not good, not bad. I didn’t want to feel that way about DT’s new album, especially after loving 2016’s The Astonishing so much. I’m happy to say this is an early favorite for 2019. There’s other good bands with new releases listed below I haven’t checked out yet. Overkill’s next on the list.
Notable Debuts:
Dream Theater, Distance Over Time (InsideOut)
Debut #5
19,575 sold
Dream Theater’s fourteenth album didn’t sell as much as its predecessor, but it did chart in the top 5.
Overkill, The Wings Of War (Nuclear Blast)
Deut #16
6,275 sold
This charted high but sold lower than its 2017 predecessor.
Attila, Villain (Attila Music LLC)
Debut #35
3,350 sold
The band’s seventh album sold way less than half of its predecessor.
Candlemass, The Door To Doom (Napalm)
Debut #59
2,050 sold
Candlemass’s twelfth album is its first in seven years.
Last In Line, II (Frontiers)
Debut #60
2,050 sold
This sold about half of the band’s 2016 debut.
Delain, Hunter’s Moon EP (Napalm)
Debut #90
1,350 sold
This the band’s third EP.
Tora Tora, Bastards of Beale (Frontiers)
Debut #130
960 sold
The band’s previous release came out in 2011 but was actually recorded in 1994, so this is the band’s first studio recording in 25 years.
Spirits Of Fire, Spirits Of Fire (Frontiers)
Debut #132
930 sold
This supergroup includes Tim “Ripper” Owens and Testament’s Steve DiGiorgio.
Deadships, D.O.A.(Stay Sick)
470 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Rhapsody of Fire, The Eighth Mountain(AFM)
450 sold
This is the band’s twelfth studio album.
Aenimus, Dreamcatcher (Nuclear Blast)
260 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Notable Sales:
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#3 (from 1)
31,025 sold
A 5% boost.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#31 (from 24)
3,700 sold
A 13% drop.


Disturbed, Evolution(Warner Bros.)
#34 (from 31)
3,500 sold
A 5% boost.


Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#49 (from 33)
2,425 sold

Another 25% drop.




Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#67 (from 92)
1,900 sold

A 35% boost.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#95 (from 119)
1,300 sold

A 32% boost with over 180,000 sold.





Godsmack, Icon(Republic)
#129 (from 191)
970 sold

A big 66% boost.





Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#131 (from 128)
940 sold

A slight boost of 8%.





Bring Me The Horizon, amo (RCA/Sony)
#142 (from 118)
830 sold
A 16% drop.




Papa Roach, Who Do You Trust? (Eleven Seven)
#144 (from 178)
790 sold
You can trust a 24% boost



#146 (from 136)
790 sold
A drop of 4%.





#160 (from 131)
750 sold
A 12% drop.




Avantasia, Moonglow (Nuclear Blast)
#167 (from 40)
720 sold
A 74% drop in week two.
Within Temptation, Resist (Vertigo/Spinefarm)
#180 (from 156)
630 sold
A 14% drop.
Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#181 (re-entry)
630 sold
This got boosted back up by 24%.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#194 (from 197)
590 sold

Another 7% drop.

Chris Cornell, Chris Cornell (UMe)
#196 (from 155)
590 sold
A 19% drop.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
#197 (from 153)
580 sold
A 21% drop.

Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#198 (from 171)
570 sold

A 14% drop.

Rotting Christ, The Heretics (Season Of Mist)
470 sold
A 58% drop in week two.
Daughters, You Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac)
430 sold
A 15% drop.
Beast In Black, From Hell With Love(Nuclear Blast)
240 sold
A 52% drop.
Incite, Built to Destroy (Minus Head)
230 sold
Built for a 44% boost.
Crystal Lake, Helix (SharpTone)
220 sold
A second week 86% drop.
Palisades, Erase the Pain (Rise)
210 sold
This got a whopping 87% boost back up.
Jinjer, Micro EP (Napalm)
200 sold
A 30% boost.
Fever 333, Strength In Numb333rs(Roadrunner)
200 sold
A 8% drop.
Astronoid, Astronoid(Blood Music)
190 sold
A 21% drop.
Flotsam And Jetsam, The End Of Chaos (AFM)
180 sold
This sold about the same as last week.