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

When your album is second only to Kanye West on the charts, you’re probably doing something right. Such is the case with Ghost and their newest album Prequelle. If it wasn’t apparent by now, the band has become one of the top acts in the hard rock/metal scene. I mean, just look at their most recent tour announcement. And even if you have to be one of those souls that doesn’t “get” the band or you’re just not a fan of their poppier sensibilities, you can at least appreciate the fact a band that started simply as “the band with hoods and the anti-pope for a singer” has come so far since their 2011 debut album. For me personally, Ghost is one of the few bands I’ve followed since the first album, and so I’m happy to see where they’ve wound up.



Notable Debuts:

Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
Debut #2
61,500 sold

Ghost’s fourth studio album is their highest debut yet, selling more than double Meliora‘s first week numbers and landing in the top 5.


Kataklysm, Meditations (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #52
2,725 sold

Kataklysm’s thirteenth album is the band’s best US debut yet, charting far higher and selling more than its 2015 predecessor.




Gruesome, Twisted Prayers (Relapse)
Debut #72
2,100 sold

The band’s second album gets a solid debut.





Def Leppard, The Collection: Volume One (Mercury)
Debut #110
1,375 sold

Def Leppard diehards picked up this box set featuring the band’s first four albums.





Convictions, Hope For The Broken (InVogue)
Debut #166
860 sold

This is the third album from this Christian metalcore band.





Alien Weaponry,  (Napalm Records)
590 sold

This is the debut album from this New Zealand teenage thrash trio.





Slapshot, Make America Hate Again (Bridge Nine)
580 sold

This is the latest studio album from the Boston hardcore act.





Nervosa, Downfall Of Mankind(Napalm Records)
420 sold

This is the third album from this trio.






Tomb Mold, Manor of Infinite Forms (20 Buck Spin)
270 sold

This is the band’s second album.




Notable Sales:

Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#10 (form 60)
11,200 sold

This rocketed back up to the top ten with a massive boost, as has been the trend for this album.



Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#13 (from 7)
9,600 sold

A 27% drop, but this is still raking it in.



Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#30 (from 38)
4,075 sold

A 32% boost makes this album rise.


Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#34 (from 29)
3,825 sold

A 4% drop wit hover 80,000 sold.



Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#45 (from 26)
3,175 sold

A 22% drop, but still going strong after 30 weeks.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#54 (from 45)
2,625 sold

A 2% drop with just under 125,000 sold.





Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#62 (from 49)
2,400 sold

A tiny 1% drop.





A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
#68 (from 59)
2,200 sold

This sold the same as last week. Also, don’t expect the new Tool album until next year.





Jonathan Davis, Black Labyrinth (Sumerian)
#78 (from 12)
1,950 sold

A 78% second week drop.





Bad Wolves, Disobey (Eleven Seven)
#81 (from 64)
1,875 sold

A 9% drop.





Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
#131 (from 110)
1,150 sold

This sold the same as last week.





Burn The Priest, Legion: XX (Epic)
#143 (from 90)
1,025 sold

A 29% drop.





Sevendust, All I See Is War (Rise)
#146 (from
1,000 sold

A 30% drop with over 20,000 sold.




Sleep, The Sciences (Third Man)
#155 (from 107)
930 sold

A small boost of 9%.





Underoath, Erase Me (Fearless)
#183 (Re-entry)
790 sold

This got a 67% boost with just under 30,000 sold.





Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
#189 (from 109)
780 sold

A 35% drop.




Circle of Dust, Machine of Our Disgrace(FiXT)
#196 (Re-entry)
740 sold

This managed to climb its way up the charts after releasing in 2016.




Graveyard, Peace (Nuclear Blast)
450 sold

An 80% second week drop.





Amorphis, Queen Of Time (Nuclear Blast)
390 sold

A 43% drop.






Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
330 sold

A small 3% drop.





Candlemass, House Of Doom (Napalm)
180 sold

A 69% drop in week two.






King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Gumboot Soup (ATO)
170 sold

A 21% drop.