Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Honestly? Never got into Mötley Crüe. I don’t think they’re bad or anything, I just wasn’t exposed to them as much as other metal bands that were killing it in the 80’s. So I wasn’t really compelled to watch The Dirt, especially because it looks so…cheap? I did watch that one scene with Ozzy and thought that actor did a pretty decent job. Guess with all the biopics going on that means an Ozzy/Sabbath movie can’t be far behind right? Anyway, enough people liked The Dirt/wanted a shred of new music from the band that the soundtrack is our top debut this week, followed by another compilation of songs from a well-known band that kickstarted in the 80’s.
Notable Debuts:
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack (Eleven Seven)
Debut #3
14,925 sold
The soundtrack to the biopic features new tracks from the band. Check out Metal Insider’s collaborative review of the film.
Megadeth, Warheads On Foreheads (Capitol)
Debut #19
3,900 sold
Megadeth’s newest compilation includes 35 tracks to mark the band’s 35th anniversary.
The End: Machine, The End: Machine (Frontiers)
Debut #45
2,400 sold
This new band features classic Dokken members George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown, along with Robert Mason (Warrent).
Battle Beast, No More Hollywood Endings (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #104
1,150 sold
This is the band’s fifth album outdoes its predecessor.
Burning Rain, Face the Music (Frontiers)
Debut #122
1,000 sold
This is the band’s fourth album and first in six years.
Cellar Darling, The Spell (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #183
590 sold
This is the debut album from a trio who are all former members of Eluveitie.
Extortionist, Sever the Cord (Stay Sick)
430 sold
This is the band’s second studio album.
Zeal & Ardor, Live In London (MVKA)
270 sold
This is the band’s first live album and includes previously unreleased material.
Degrader, Burn You; Burn We (Stay Sick)
230 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Iron Savior, Kill or Get Killed (AFM)
210 sold
This is the band’s tenth studio album.
Notable Sales:
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#6 (from 3)
8,725 sold
A 21% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#50 (from 29)
2,650 sold
A 29% drop.

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#62 (from 58)
1,800 sold

Over 275,000 sold.
Disturbed, Evolution(Warner Bros.)
#79 (from 64)
1,525 sold
Over 185,000 sold.
Tesla, Shock (UMe)
#83 (from 46)
1,475 sold
A 32% drop.
Dream Theater, Distance Over Time (InsideOut)
#93 (from 59)
1,300 sold
A 30% drop.

Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#102 (from 61)
1,175 sold

A 33% drop.


Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#126 (from 107)
980 sold

A 15% drop.


The Claypool Lennon Delirium, South Of Reality(ATO)
#130 (from 104)
930 sold

A 23% drop.
Queensrÿche, The Verdict (Century Media)
#132 (from 79)
920 sold
A 40% drop.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#138 (from 194)
870 sold

A 57% boost with just under 120,000 sold.




Godsmack, Icon (Republic)
#143 (from 117)
850 sold

A 15% drop.


Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#155 (from 135)
770 sold

A 10% drop.





#162 (from 128)
690 sold
A 25% drop.
Overkill, The Wings Of War (Nuclear Blast)
#187 (from 157)
580 sold
A 18% drop.
In Flames, I, The Mask (Eleven Seven)
#188 (from 110)
580 sold
A 48% drop.





Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#190 (from 144)
570 sold
A 25% drop with over 165,000 sold.
#196 (from 180)
560 sold
A 10% drop.
Buckcherry, Warpaint(Red Music)
#199 (from 151)
550 sold
A 26% drop.
Sleep Signals, At the End of the World(Self-Released)
520 sold
A 25% boost.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
500 sold
A 18% boost.
Mark Morton, Anesthetic (Spinefarm)
430 sold
A 11% drop.
Angel Du$t, Pretty Buff (Roadrunner)
360 sold
A second week drop of 44%.
Last In Line, II (Frontiers)
240 sold
A 5% drop.
Witherfall, A Prelude to Sorrow (Century Media)
240 sold
This got boosted back up after a long absence.
Jinjer, Micro EP (Napalm)
230 sold
This got boosted back up by 74% after dropping off a few weeks back.
Daughters, You Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac)
220 sold
This sold about the same as last week.
Fallujah, Undying Light (Nuclear Blast)
180 sold
A 81% second week drop.
Týr, Hel (Metal Blade)
170 sold
A 52% drop.