Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
With each passing year, I feel like I write the phrase “sold less than the previous album/predecessor” more and more. I know that sometimes that’s just the way of the music business: certain albums debut well for certain reasons and others don’t. Maybe it was a surprise release and didn’t sell as much because of lack of promotion, maybe the trend is down, on and on it goes. Of course, most people will say the real culprit is just that people aren’t buying music anymore, and that is certainly an issue. All that said, I want to be clear that I’m not trying to diminish an artist’s success when I say “sold less”; it’s just a state of fact. The fact that Breaking Benjamin’s new album sold some 50-60k shouldn’t take away from the fact they made the Billboard top 5 or that many bands would kill to sell 80k their first week. It’s all about perspective.
Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
Though it didn’t sell as much as its predecessor, Breaking Benjamin’s sixth album had a big first week and made the top 5.
Nekrogoblikon, Welcome To Bonkers (Self-Released)
The band’s fourth studio album sold nearly four times its predecessor in its debut.
Dead Crown, Come Hell (Self-Released)
This EP is the band’s debut release. Also, there’s another band called Dead Crown, so it took me a while to distinguish the two.
Behemoth, Messe Noire (Metal Blade)
I want a new Behemoth record as much as anyone, but I’ll take a new live album in the meantime.
Wrong, Feel Great (Relapse)
This is the band’s second album.
Gozu, Equilibrium (Metal Blade)
This is the latest release from the stoner rock band, and their first for Metal Blade.
Graveshadow, Ambition’s Price (M-Theory Audio)
This is the second album from this symphonic metal band.
The Dali Thundering Concept, Savages (Self-Released)
This is the second album from this French prog metal band.
Unreqvited, Stars Wept to the Sea (Self-Released)
This is the band’s second album.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
This got an enormous boost from last week.
Nightwish, Decades (Nuclear Blast)
A 24% boost.
Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
A 5% boost.
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
A 18% drop. Only a matter of time before a new FFDP album tops the charts.
Three Days Grace, Outsider (RCA)
A 3% drop.
Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
A 29% drop.
Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
This is back on the charts again.
Kamelot, The Shadow Theory (Napalm)
An 83% drop in week two.
Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
Over 50k sold.
Light The Torch, Revival (Nuclear Blast)
A 24% drop.
Turnstile, Time & Space (Roadrunner)
A 15% drop.
The Dead Daisies, Burn It Down (Spitfire)
A 76% drop in week two.
Red Sun Rising, Thread (Razor & Tie)
A 48% drop.
Rivers Of Nihil, Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade)
A 6% drop.
Righteous Vendetta, Cursed (Century Media)
Earthless, Black Heaven (Nuclear Blast)
About the same sold as last week.
Kalmah, Palo (Spinefarm)
A 74% drop in week two.
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