Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
There’s 17 albums on the debuts list this week, and a lot of them have gotten heaps of praise. A few of our contributors have written-up some reviews as well, including the new releases for Trivium, Barishi, and Elder. And with new releases from the likes of Vader and Havok last Friday, it’s shaping up to be another good month for metal.
Notable Debuts:
Dance Gavin Dance, Afterburner (Rise)
Debut #1
17,025 sold
The band’s ninth album didn’t sell as much as its 2018 predecessor, but it’s still the number 1 album.
Trivium, What The Dead Men Say (Roadrunner)
Debut #2
12,525 sold
Trivium’s ninth album scores the #2 spot with slightly less sold than its predecessor.
The Used, Heartwork (Big Noise)
Debut #3
7,025 sold
The band’s eighth album sold about on par with its predecessor and charted higher.
Danzig, Sings Elvis (Cleopatra)
Debut #6
5,650 sold
As the title suggests, this is a covers album featuring 14 classic Elvis songs.
Katatonia, City Burials (Peaceville)
Debut #35
1,950 sold
Katatonia’s eleventh album sold a little more than half of its predecessor, but it charted higher.
Warbringer, Weapons Of Tomorrow (Napalm)
Debut #50
1,350 sold
This is the band’s six album (and fifth to start with a “W”) and it’s in the top 50.
Cirith Ungol, Forever Black (Metal Blade)
Debut #107
710 sold
The band’s fifth album is its first in 29 years.
Ulcerate, Star Into Death and Be Still (Debemur Morti)
Debut #108
700 sold
This is the band’s sixth album.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Chunky Shrapnel (Flightless)
Debut #162
420 sold
This is double live LP and the band’s fourth live release this year.
Elder, Omens (Armageddon)
Debut #165
410 sold
This is Elder’s fifth studio album.
Old Tower, The Last Eidolon(Profound Lore)
330 sold
This isn’t metal per se, more dark ambient/dungeon synth. But it’s very clearly influenced by black metal and it’s on Profound Lore.
Elephant Tree, Habits (Holy Roar)
280 sold
This is the band’s third album.
220 sold
This is a reissue of the band’s early EP and demo material.
Lovebites, Electric Pentagram (Red River)
190 sold
This is the third album from this Japanese power metal band.
I Am Abomination, Passion Of The Heist II(Self-Released)
130 sold
The band’s fourth album is its first in 8 years.
Unmerciful, Wrath Encompassed(Willowtip)
110 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Barishi, Old Smoke(Season of Mist)
90 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Notable Sales:
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#23 (from 19)
2,575 sold
A 17% drop with just under 75,000 sold.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#26 (from 38)
2,300 sold
A 18% boost.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#36 (from 35)
1,875 sold
A 8% drop.
Testament, Titans Of Creation (Nuclear Blast)
#57 (from 84)
1,100 sold
A hefty 26% boost.
In This Moment, Mother (Roadrunner)
#57 (from 59)
1,100 sold
A 9% drop with just under 20,000 sold.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#66 (from 66)
1,050 sold
A 5% drop with the same chart position as last week.
Joe Satriani, Shapeshifting (Legacy)
#79 (from 69)
930 sold
A 15% drop in week two.
Breaking Benjamin, Aurora (Hollywood)
#87 (from 70)
860 sold
A 17% boost.
The Black Dahlia Murder, Verminous (Metal Blade)
#88 (from 4)
850 sold
A 89% drop in week two.
Nightwish, Human. :II: Nature. (Nuclear Blast)
#106 (from 52)
710 sold
A 49% drop
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#112 (from 116)
550 sold
A 18% boost.
Various Artists, The Many Faces of Metallica(Music Brokers Arg)
#113 (from 113)
630 sold
A 9% while holding the same chart position.
August Burns Red, Guardians (Fearless)
#143 (from 117)
490 sold
A 11% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#158 (from 143)
430 sold
A 3% boost.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#170 (from 191)
400 sold
A 22% boost with just under 70,000 sold.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#176 (from 162)
390 sold
This sold about the same as last week.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#179 (from 186)
380 sold
A 15% boost.
Oranssi Pazuzu, Mestarin Kyns (Nuclear Blast)
#180 (from 67)
380 sold
A 65% drop in week two.
#185 (from 158)
380 sold
A 5% drop.
RED, Declaration(Red Entertainment)
#192 (from 156)
350 sold
A 11% drop.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#196 (from 185)
340 sold

This sold about the same as last week.


Abysmal Dawn, Phylogenesis (Season of Mist)
160 sold
A 71% drop in week two.
Khemmis, Doomed Heavy Metal (Nuclear Blast/20 Buck Spin)
150 sold
A second week 83% drop.
Heilung, Futha (Season Of Mist)
140 sold
A 13% drop.
Myrkur, Folkesange(Relapse)
130 sold
A 22% drop.
Demons & Wizards, III (Century Media)
120 sold
A 50% big boost.
Jinjer, Macro(Napalm)
110 sold
A 45% boost back up.