Metal By Numbers 5/16: May the charts have your attention please

Posted by on May 16, 2018

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

Yet another week is topped by a top-selling mainstream rock act who, coincidentally, will be heading out on tour with last week’s top rock debut. Of course, more of you are probably interested in the long-awaited return of Dimmu Borgir (or Dimmu Burger, as my brain permanently refers to them thanks to Metalocalypse). I haven’t listened to Eonian yet and I know its gotten some mixed reviews, but at least the album has done well sales wise in the US.


Notable Debuts:

Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
Debut #2
55,050 sold

Though it sold a few units short of its predecessor, Shinedown’s latest is second only to Leon Bridges. No, I have no idea who that is either.



Parkway Drive, Reverence (Epitaph Records)
Debut #10
11,625 sold

It sold a little less than its predecessor, but this is the band’s highest charting album yet.




Dimmu Borgir, Eonian (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #28
5,300 sold
After eight years, Dimmu Borgir return with their highest charting album yet in the US.





The Word Alive, Violent Noise (Fearless Records)
Debut #69
2,400 sold

The band’s fifth album sold less than half of their previous album in its debut week.



Ihsahn, Ámr (Candlelight)
Debut #113
1,325 sold

This is Ihsahn’s best debut yet in the US.





Galactic Empire, Episode II (Rise)
Debut #156
960 sold

What’s better than one Star Wars metal cover album? How about two?





Red Devil Vortex, Someone Has To Die (Self-Released)
Debut #168
890 sold

This is the band’s debut EP.





Thy Catafalque, Geometria (Season of Mist)
200 sold

This is the eighth album from this avant-garde one man band.





Notable Sales:

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#14 (from 5)
7,950 sold

A second week 78% drop doesn’t take this out of the top 15.




Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#17 (from 15)
6,400 sold

A still a pretty good fourth week in the top 20.




A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
#21 (from 10)
6,150 sold

A 54% drop.





Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#39 (from 29)
4,300 sold

A slight 8% drop.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
#66 (from 58)
2,550 sold

The band has a few new songs out if that’s your kind of thing.




Nightwish, Vehicle of the Spirit (Nuclear Blast)
#67 (re-entry)
2,500 sold

This live album released at the beginning of last year has had an overwhelming resurgence in sales.





Sleep, The Sciences (Third Man)
#74 (from 37)
2,350 sold

A 46% drop.





Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
#99 (from 65)
1,625 sold

A 28% drop.




Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#114 (from 63)
1,300 sold

A 45% drop. Also, here’s a funky “Enter Sandman” cover.



Three Days Grace, Outsider (RCA)
#144 (from 133)
1,025 sold

A 6% drop.





Black Stone Cherry, Family Tree (Mascot)
#153 (107)
960 sold

A 32% drop from the top of the family tree.





Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
#155 (from 122)
960 sold

A 25% drop.





Stryper, God Damn Evil (Frontiers)
#170 (from 98)
870 sold

A 44% drop, dammit.





Limbs, Father’s Son (UNFD)
510 sold

This actually got a 43% boost in week two.





Turnstile, Time & Space (Roadrunner)
380 sold

A 16% drop.




Awake At Last, Life/Death/Rebirth (Self-Released)
310 sold

This came out a year ago, but I’ve only just now seen it pop up.






Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
310 sold

I’ll bet you don’t like Power Trip as much as this guy.






Morbid Angel, Kingdoms Disdained (Silver Lining)
290 sold

Morbid Angel’s US tour must have struck up some sales.





Ingested, The Level Above Human (Unique Leader)
280 sold

A 74% second week drop.





Dead Cross, Dead Cross EP (Ipecac)
230 sold

A second week drop of 54%.





Melvins, Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac)
220 sold

A 36% drop.





Riot V, Armor of Light (Nuclear Blast)
220 sold

A 69% drop in week two.





Red Sun Rising, Thread (Razor & Tie)
200 sold

A 12% drop. But will this around as long as its predecessor?





Kobra And The Lotus, Prevail II (Napalm)
190 sold

A second week drop of 87%.

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