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

Who is Cardi B? Seriously, I’m not some pop music curmudgeon but every now and again when I look at the charts I see a band or artist at the top that I’ve never heard of before. This week Cardi B is number one and I swear to god I hadn’t heard of hear before a week ago, and now she’s freakin’ everywhere. Well, anywho, the real big deal this week is Underoath, who have returned with their first album in eight years. What’s more, they debuted in the top 5. Kamelot, who I often forget are actually from the US, had a pretty good week too!


Notable Debuts:

Underoath, Erase Me (Fearless)
Debut #4
21,375 sold

This is the bands first album in 8 years. It’s also their second-highest charting album.



Kamelot, The Shadow Theory (Napalm)
Debut #25
5,450 sold

This is the band’s twelfth album and the highest charting album of their career thus far.





The Dead Daisies, Burn It Down (Spitfire)
Debut #81
2,050 sold

This is the band’s fourth album.





Kalmah, Palo (Spinefarm)
580 sold

This is the band’s eighth album and first in eight years.





Salems Lott, Mask of Morality (Self-Released)
420 sold

This is the band’s debut album. And this is what they look like.





Bleed From Within, Era (Century Media)
320 sold

This is the band’s fourth studio album.





Caliban, Elements (Century Media)
300 sold

This is the band’s eleventh studio album.





Winterfylleth, The Hallowing Of Heirdom (Candlelight)
280 sold

The band’s sixth studio album is all acoustic.





Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#27 (from 13)
5,375 sold

A 21% drop, but this is still going strong.




Nightwish, Decades (Nuclear Blast)
#38 (from 26)
4,200 sold

A 25% drop.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
#50 (from 37)
3,400 sold

A 19% drop with over 100,000 sold.





Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
#60 (from 43)
2,750 sold

A 25% drop with just under 70,000 sold.





Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
#93 (from 75)
1,700 sold

A 22% drop.





Three Days Grace, Outsider (RCA)
#113 (from 90)
1,450 sold

A 25% drop.





Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#152 (from 60)
1,125 sold

A drop of 55%.





Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
#178 (re-entry)
920 sold

This got boosted back up and has sold just under 50,000.





Light The Torch, Revival (Nuclear Blast)
#179 (from 34)
920 sold

A 79% drop in week two.





King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Gumboot Soup (ATO)
700 sold

A 71% drop.






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

A second week drop of 80%. Let’s see if this has the staying power of its predecessor.





Turnstile, Time & Space (Roadrunner)
590 sold

This got boosted back up after dropping off last week.






The Plot In You, Dispose (Fearless)
320 sold

A 36% drop.





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

A 24% drop.






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

A 32% drop.





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

A 57% drop.





Righteous Vendetta, Cursed (Century Media)
300 sold

A small boost by 5%.






Earthless, Black Heaven (Nuclear Blast)
210 sold

A drop of 16%.






Zeke, Hellbender (Relapse)
200 sold

A 76% second week drop.