Metal By Numbers 4/11: Light the Torch light the way

Posted by on April 11, 2018

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

The debuts just keep on coming. This week sports thirteen new albums topped by Light The Torch, formerly known as Devil You Know. It’s odd when a band changes their name, though it’s not uncommon; Burn The Priest’s name change to Lamb of God is a pretty well known example. In the case of the Howard Jones fronted Devil You Know, the band changed its name to avoid a copyright issue. Luckily, Light The Torch’s latest album is their highest charting album yet, so it looks like they’re on the right track.


Notable Debuts:

Light The Torch, Revival (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #34
4,450 sold

Formerly known as Devil You Know, this is the group’s third album and first under their new moniker.




Escape the Fate, I Am Human (Eleven Seven)
Debut #44
3,600 sold

This sold less than half what its predecessor debuted with.





Red Sun Rising, Thread (Razor & Tie)
Debut #50
3,400 sold

This is the band’s fourth studio album and following the long-selling major label debut.





Rob Zombie, Astro-Creep: 2000 Live Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head (Geffen)
Debut #101
1,675 sold

Rob Zombie’s latest live album features a performance of White Zombie’s Astro-Creep: 2000 in its entirety.



My Epic, Ultraviolet (Facedown)
Debut #125
1,275 sold

This is the band’s fourth studio album.





Kittie, Origins/Evolutions (Lightyear)
Debut #131
1,175 sold

This is a live album paired up with the band’s new documentary.





Ayreon, Ayreon Universe: The Best Of Ayreon Live (Music Theories)
Debut #160
1,000 sold

This is the second live album from the metal opera project.





Zeke, Hellbender (Relapse)
850 sold

This is the band’s first LP in 13 years





Primordial, Exile Amongst The Ruins (Metal Blade)
720 sold

This is the band’s ninth studio album.





Napalm Death, Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs (Century Media)
720 sold

This is a new set of rarities spanning the years 2004-2016.





Augury, Illusive Golden Age (The Artisean Era)
330 sold

This is the band’s third album and their first since 2009.





Within Destruction, Deathwish (Self-Released)
260 sold

This is the bands third studio LP.





FM, Atomic Generation (Frontiers)
200 sold

This is the band’s eleventh studio album.





Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#13 (from 41)
6,825 sold

A big 74% boost and over 100,000 sold.




Nightwish, Decades (Nuclear Blast)
#26 (from 28)
5,275 sold

Over 20,000 sold.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
#37 (from 33)
4,225 sold

A 12% drop and just a few hundred records away from 100,000 sold.





Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
#43 (from 30)
3,625 sold

A 26% drop.




Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#60 (from 15)
2,475 sold

A drop of 61%.





King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Gumboot Soup (ATO)
#62 (re-entry)
2,450 sold

This re-enters the charts, as King Gizzard so often does.




Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
#75 (from 44)
2,175 sold

A 42% drop with over 20,000 sold.





Three Days Grace, Outsider (RCA)
#90 (from 75)
1,925 sold

A 33% drop.





The Sword, Used Future (Razor & Tie)
#150 (from 14)
1,075 sold

A 83% drop in week two.





Between The Buried And Me, Automata I (Sumerian)
#189 (from 187)
820 sold

A drop of 2%.





Monster Magnet, Mindfucker (Napalm Records)
#197 (from 54)
780 sold

A 75% second week drop.





The Plot In You, Dispose (Fearless)
500 sold

A 2% drop.





King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Polygondwanaland (Blood Music)
460 sold

A 9% drop.





Rivers Of Nihil, Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade)
420 sold

A 40% drop.





Righteous Vendetta, Cursed (Century Media)
290 sold

This dropped off last week, now it’s been boosted back up.






Dying Fetus, Wrong One To Fuck With (Relapse)
270 sold

A 41% boost.





Auri, Auri (Nuclear Blast)
260 sold

A 68% drop in week two.





Earthless, Black Heaven (Nuclear Blast)
250 sold

A drop of 64%.


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