Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
In previous years of writing this column, I’ve refrained from sharing personal thoughts on some of the albums that show up on here, mainly because I’m here to talk about sales numbers, not give reviews. But it’s hard to not share thoughts, so sometimes I just have to gush a bit. In this case, Periphery is a band I’ve followed since their debut album, so it’s always great to see how far they’ve come since then. VI: Hail Stan already has some serious end-year list potential for me. And Eluveitie’s new album is a hurdy-gurdy good time.
Notable Debuts:
Periphery, Periphery IV: Hail Stan (3DOT)
Debut #13
6,700 sold
Periphery’s sixth album is the band’s first release on their own label. It’s also really good.
Enterprise Earth, Luciferous (eOne)
Debut #41
2,200 sold
The band’s third album managed to outdo its predecessor.
Eluveitie, Ategnatos (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #65
1,725 sold
The band’s eighth album sold more and charted higher than its predecessor.
Meytal, The Witness (Light Drop)
Debut #125
900 sold
This is the second album from drummer Meytal Cohen.
Year of the Knife, Ultimate Aggression(Pure Noise)
Debut #163
690 sold
This is a combination of the band’s previous two EP’s. It came out in February but I’m only just seeing it pop up now.
Montrose, An Introduction To (Rhino)
Debut #190
590 sold
This is a small compilation that for some reason is an add-on feature on Amazon at the moment.
Wormwitch, Heaven That Dwells Within (Prosthetic)
390 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Sworn Enemy, Gamechanger (M-Theory Audio)
360 sold
This is the band’s sixth studio album.
Exumer, Hostile Defiance (Metal Blade)
230 sold
This is the band’s fifth studio album.
Skold, Never Is Now (Cleopatra)
200 sold
This is the fourth solo album for Tim Sköld.
Notable Sales:
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#11 (from 9)
6,925 sold
A 23% drop.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack(Eleven Seven)
#22 (from 11)
4,325 sold
A 38% drop. Did you know Mick Mars was played by Iwan Rheon, best known as Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones?
I Prevail, Trauma (Fearless)
#26 (from 4)
3,450 sold
An 81% second week drop doesn’t take this down too far.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#42 (from 51)
2,175 sold
A 8% drop.

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#72 (from 62)
1,625 sold

Just under 280,000 sold.
Dream Theater, Distance Over Time (InsideOut)
#80 (from 128)
1,460 sold
A sizable 46% boost.
Disturbed, Evolution(Warner Bros.)
#87 (from 23)
1,325 sold
A 71% drop after last week’s boost.
Whitechapel, The Valley (Metal Blade)
#107 (from 16)
1,075 sold
A drop of 82% in week two.

Godsmack, Icon(Republic)
#113 (from 136)
970 sold

The tiniest 1% boost.

Devin Townsend, Empath (InsideOut)
#124 (from 14)
910 sold
A second week drop of 85%.

Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#128 (from 144)
880 sold

A 6% drop with just under 160,000 sold.

Tesla, Shock (UMe)
#138 (from 85)
820 sold
A 44% drop.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, South Of Reality(ATO)
#143 (from 166)
810 sold

A 2% boost.
Megadeth, Warheads On Foreheads (Capitol)
#151 (from 106)
790 sold
A 36% second week drop.

Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#152 (from 143)
780 sold

A 17% drop.

#158 (from 57)
720 sold
A 66% drop.
#165 (from 162)
680 sold
A 18% drop.

Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#168 (from 168)
670 sold

A 15% drop.

L.A. Guns, The Devil You Know(Frontiers)
#170 (from 38)
660 sold
A 79% drop in week two.
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#172 (re-entry)
660 sold
A 21% boost.
Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#181 (re-entry)
620 sold
This got a 5% boost.



Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
420 sold
A 24% boost.
The End: Machine, The End: Machine(Frontiers)
400 sold
A 29% drop.
Messer, Messer (MaddPants)
380 sold
This debut album came out about a year ago but is gaining some new fans.
Afterlife, Breaking Point (Hopeless)
310 sold
A 26% boost.
VLTIMAS, Something Wicked Marches In (Season Of Mist)
310 sold
A 61% drop in week two.
Sleep Signals, At the End of the World(Self-Released)
310 sold
A 32% drop.
Witherfall, A Prelude to Sorrow (Century Media)
300 sold
This got boosted up, dropped off, then boosted up again.
Mark Morton, Anesthetic (Spinefarm)
260 sold
A 3% drop.
Daughters, You Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac)
230 sold
This got boosted back up by 120%.
Burning Rain, Face the Music(Frontiers)
220 sold
A 34% drop.
Jinjer, Micro EP (Napalm)
190 sold
A 16% boost.
Turnstile, Time & Space (Roadrunner)
180 sold
Been awhile since we saw this on here.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
170 sold
A 31% boost brings this back up.