Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Last week, we saw a lot of new albums pop up thanks to Record Store Day. Most of those albums usually drop off the week after since they’re RSD exclusives. This week, there’s a lot of re-entries, though it’s not necessarily because the album got a boost in sales; it’s just filling in the spot left behind by the RSD releases. These are the weird trends you notice after looking at record sales for however many years.
Notable Debuts:
After The Burial, Evergreen (Sumerian)
Debut #19
5,200 sold
The band’s sixth album charted the same but sold about half of what its predecessor sold. Check out our review.
Allegaeon, Apoptosis (Metal Blade)
Debut #51
2,000 sold
This charted higher, sold slightly less than its 2016 predecessor.
Jordan Rudess, Wired For Madness (Music Theories)
430 sold
This is the thirteenth original solo album from the Dream Theater keyboardist.
Get Scared, The Dead Days (Fearless)
400 sold
This is the band’s fourth studio album.
Dead to a Dying World, Elegy (Profound Lore)
400 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Chokehold, With This Thread I Hold On (Good Fight)
300 sold
This is the band’s third album, their first in almost 25 years.
Grand Magus, Wolf God (Nuclear Blast)
280 sold
This is the band’s ninth studio album.
Alpha Wolf, Fault (SharpTone)
200 sold
This is the band’s third EP.
The Worst of Us, The Worst of Us (Self-Released)
170 sold
This EP is the band’s first release.
Mayhem, Live In Sarpsborg (Peaceville)
170 sold
I’m guessing this was a RSD release of some sort.
Notable Sales:
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#11 (from 7)
6,950 sold
A 29% drop.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack(Eleven Seven)
#43 (from 58)
2,500 sold
A 22% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#48 (from 81)
2,125 sold
A 7% drop.

Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava/Republic)
#50 (from 14)
2,075 sold

A 75% drop,.
I Prevail, Trauma (Fearless)
#59 (from 84)
1,775 sold
A 19% drop.
Disturbed, Evolution(Warner Bros.)
#81 (from 146)
1,350 sold
This sold about the same as last week.

Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#93 (from 114)
1,200 sold

A 29% drop.


Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#105 (from 179)
990 sold

A 11% drop.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#128 (re-entry)
840 sold
This keeps dropping off/getting boosted up.
Devin Townsend, Empath (InsideOut)
#130 (re-entry)
830 sold
This got boosted back up by 40%.
Godsmack, Icon (Republic)
#131 (re-entry)
830 sold
Another re-entry.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, South Of Reality(ATO)
#133 (from 160)
820 sold

Just under 20,000 sold.
Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#144 (re-entry)
740 sold
Like I said, lots of re-entries.
Periphery, Periphery IV: Hail Stan (3DOT)
#147 (from 150)
740 sold
A 45% drop.
Dream Theater, Distance Over Time (InsideOut)
#148 (re-entry)
730 sold
A 23% drop despite re-entry.
Whitechapel, The Valley (Metal Blade)
#155 (re-entry)
690 sold
A 9% boost back up.


#158 (re-entry)
680 sold
Just under 30,000 sold.
Nirvana, Live at the Paramount(Geffen)
#165 (from 59)
630 sold
A second week 80% drop.
#171 (re-entry)
600 sold
Most of these re-entries actually dropped in sales this week.
Tesla, Shock (UMe)
#172 (re-entry)
590 sold
Another re-entry isn’t shocking at this point.
Megadeth, Warheads On Foreheads (Capitol)
#193 (re-entry)
530 sold
This actually dropped 21%.
Sunn O))), Life Metal (Southern Lord)
Debut #200
510 sold
A second week drop of 88%.


Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
460 sold
A 6% boost.
Inter Arma, Sulphur English (Relapse)
270 sold
A second week drop of 85%.
Inclination, When Fear Turns To Confidence (Pure Noise)
250 sold
This EP actually came out in March and is just now popping up.
Messer, Messer (MaddPants)
240 sold
A 31% boost back up.
Enterprise Earth, Luciferous (eOne)
230 sold
A 43% drop.
Movements, Feel Something (Fearless)
220 sold
A 43% boost.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
220 sold
A 5% drop.
Eluveitie, Ategnatos (Nuclear Blast)
190 sold
A 55% drop.
Mark Morton, Anesthetic (Spinefarm)
170 sold
This popped up again despite dropping 9%.
Big Business, The Beast You Are(Joyful Noise)
170 sold
A 90% drop in week two.
The End: Machine, The End: Machine(Frontiers)
160 sold
A 44% drop.
 Jinjer, Micro EP (Napalm)
160 sold
A small boost of 5% back up.