Metal By Numbers 5/2: The elephant on the charts

Posted by on May 2, 2018

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

To be fair, A Perfect Circle were longer overdue for a new album than Tool; their last album came out on 2004 whereas 10,000 Days came out in 2006. Plus, that last album was a covers album, so their last full-length of original material was actually 2oo3. This week’s list of debuts also includes Sleep’s surprise album The Sciences, continuing the trend of long-awaited releases. You could even count Dokken’ new live album too since it includes a new song with the classic lineup.


Notable Debuts:

A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
63,000 sold

A Perfect Circle’s fourth LP is their first album of original material in 15 years.




Sleep, The Sciences (Third Man)
11,000 sold

Surprise release albums sales tend to suffer, but Sleep’s first album in 20 years still managed to end up in the top 50.





Stryper, God Damn Evil (Frontiers)
8,000 sold

Walmart’s least favorite album sold just a little less than its predecessor.





Black Stone Cherry, Family Tree (Mascot)
6,300 sold

This sold little more than half of its predecessor.






From Ashes To New, The Future (Better Noise)
4,600 sold

This sold less than half of what the band’s first album debuted with.





TesseracT, Sonder (Kscope)
4,500 sold

The band’s fourth album has a solid debut, though it didn’t sell as much as its predecessor.





Dokken, Return To The East Live (2016) (Frontiers)
2,200 sold

This live album features a new song recorded with the classic Dokken lineup, the first in over 20 years.





Melvins, Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac)
1,600 sold

The latest from Melvins comes less than a year after their 2017 double album.






Stone Sour, Hydrograd Acoustic Sessions EP (Roadrunner)
1,200 sold

This EP was a Record Store Day exclusive.






Tad, Quick and Dirty (MVD)
650 sold

This RSD release is the band’s first release in 20 years.






Gus G., Fearless (AFM Records)
500 sold

This is Gus G.’s third solo album.






Issa, Run With The Pack (Frontiers)
200 sold

This is the fifth album from this Norwegian singer.





Ross The Boss, By Blood Sworn (AFM)
200 sold

This is the third album from the former Manowar guitarist.





Cancer Bats, The Spark That Moves (New Damage)
200 sold

The band’s sixth album was the second of two surprise albums to drop on April 20th.





Notable Sales:

Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
11,000 sold

An 86% second week drop.




Nightwish, Decades (Nuclear Blast)
5,200 sold

This sold about the same as last week.





Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
5,000 sold

A 6% boost.






Linkin Park, One More Light Live (Warner Bros.)
3,000 sold

This got boosted back up the charts.





Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
2,800 sold

A 3% drop with over 75,000 copies sold.






Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
2,600 sold

A 7% drop.






Underoath, Erase Me (Fearless)
1,700 sold

A 5% drop.






Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
1,600 sold

A steep 92% drop.






Mastodon, Emperor of Sand (Reprise)
1,400 sold

The RSD release of the picture disc gave this a boost.





Three Days Grace, Outsider (RCA)
1,250 sold

A 11% drop.





Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
1,200 sold

This sold the same as last week.






Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
1,100 sold

This actually got boosted up last week but I missed it.






Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
1,100 sold

A 8% drop.






Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
900 sold

A 22% boost.





Between The Buried And Me, Automata I (Sumerian)
600 sold

Just under 20,000 sold.






Kamelot, The Shadow Theory (Napalm)
600 sold

A 33% drop in week two.





Turnstile, Time & Space (Roadrunner)
600 sold

A 20% boost.





The Dead Daisies, Burn It Down (Spitfire)
550 sold

A slight boost from last week.






The Sword, Used Future (Razor & Tie)
500 sold

Over 9,000 sold.






Light The Torch, Revival (Nuclear Blast)
450 sold

A 36% drop.





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

Same sold as last week.





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

Over 4,700 sold




Behemoth, Messe Noire (Metal Blade)
250 sold

A 68% drop.






Earthless, Black Heaven (Nuclear Blast)
200 sold

About the same sold as last week.


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