Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
There’s some bands I feel like I see on here all the time. Others feel less frequent. Most of this has to do with not just album sales, but how widely bands vary on time between album releases. You likely know that many bands operate on an every two maybe three year album cycle depending on how extensive touring is. But then you have bands like Cave In, whose members are all involved in different projects (and who suffered the loss of bassist Caleb Scofield) or Pelican, who are putting out their first release since 2015 and first full length since 2013. Sometimes I can’t believe it’s been so long since a band’s last release. I remember listening to Enthroned’s last album in 2014 but that feels so long ago. As far as bands I see all the time, well, I’m sure you can figure that out on your own.
Notable Debuts:
Motionless In White, Disguise (Roadrunner)
Debut #4
15,900 sold
Motionless In White’s fifth album charts in the top 5, though it didn’t sell quite as much as its predecessor.
CHON, CHON (Sumerian)
Debut #21
4,750 sold
The band’s third album is its highest charting yet, but it didn’t sell as much as its predecessor.
As Cities Burn, Scream Through The Walls (Equal Vision)
Debut #40
2,300 sold
This is the band’s fourth album and first in 10 years following their reunion.
Cave In, Final Transmission (Hydra Head)
Debut #58

1,775 sold

The band’s sixth album and first in eight years features the final recordings of bassist Caleb Scofield.
Pelican, Nighttime Stories (Southern Lord)
Debut #80
1,300 sold
This is Pelican’s sixth album and first in six years.
Upon A Burning Body, Southern Hostility (Seek & Strike)
Debut #96
1,150 sold
This charted lower, sold less than half of its predecessor.
Combichrist, One Fire (Out Of Line)
320 sold
This is the band’s ninth studio album.
Enthroned, Cold Black Suns (Season Of Mist)
240 sold
This is the band’s eleventh album.
Fetid, Steeping Corporeal Mess (20 Buck Spin)
230 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Diviner, Realms of Time (Ulterium)
210 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Fu Manchu, Godzilla’s/Eatin’ Dust + 4 (At The Dojo)
170 sold
This remaster includes previously unreleased material.
Notable Sales:
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#14 (from 12)
6,475 sold
A 34% boost.
Rammstein, Rammstein (Universal)
#51 (from 25)
2,075 sold
A 37% drop.
Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Space Between(BMG)
#61 (from 77)
1,625 sold
A 14% boost.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#68 (from 52)
1,550 sold
A 17% drop.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack (Eleven Seven)
#87 (from 89)
1,225 sold
A 5% drop.
Death Angel, Humanicide (Nuclear Blast)
#100 (from 18)
1,100 sold
A 74% drop in week two.
Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#103 (from 132)
1,075 sold
A 29% drop.
Disturbed, Evolution(Warner Bros.)
#116 (fr0m 64)
990 sold
A 40% drop.
Duff McKagan, Tenderness (Blood Meridian/UMe)
#128 (from 26)
870 sold
A 74% drop in week two.
I Prevail, Trauma (Fearless)
#141 (from 129)
800 sold
A 5% drop.
Darkthrone, Old Star (Peaceville)
#152 (from 43)
750 sold
A second week drop of 67%.

Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#160 (from 151)
730 sold

A 4% boost.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#163 (from 162)
710 sold
A 7% boost.
Amon Amarth, Berserker (Metal Blade)
#169 (from 118)
670 sold
A 26% drop with over 20,000 sold.
#177 (from 171)
630 sold
A 2% boost.
Godsmack, Icon(Republic)
#195 (from 161)
570 sold
A 15% drop.
#199 (from 42)
560 sold
A 78% drop in week two.
Black Mountain, Destroyer (Jagjaguwar)
460 sold
A 3% drop.
Texas Hippie Coalition, High In The Saddle (eOne)
400 sold
A drop of 78% in week two.
Fleshgod Apocalypse, Veleno(Nuclear Blast)
330 sold
A 34% drop.
Earth, Full Upon Her Burning Lips (Sargent House)
280 sold

A 49% drop.

AngelMaker, AngelMaker(Self-Released)
280 sold
A 68% second week drop.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fishing For Fishies(ATO)
270 sold
A 31% drop.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
240 sold
A 2% boost.
Possessed, Revelations Of Oblivion (Nuclear Blast)
220 sold
A 12% drop.
Full Of Hell, Weeping Choir (Relapse)
220 sold
A 48% drop.
Venom, In Nomine Satanas (BMG)
170 sold
A 9% drop.