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

I’ve said this before but one of the more rewarding parts of writing this column is seeing some of my favorite bands make the grade. I said as much last week when Ghost debuted at number 2, but this week’s story is a little different. While the big numbers go to Dance Gavin Dance and Tremonti, my focus this week is on YOB. I’ve only been a fan of YOB for a short time following their 2014 release Clearing the Path to Ascend, but the band has been around over 17 years. In that time, the band has released four albums, broken up, reformed for another four albums, and more recently experienced a harrowing ordeal involving frontman Mike Scheidt’s health. Yet here they are with an album that has not only been critically lauded so far (including by yours truly), but has proven their most successful album to date. And while album sales aren’t the only measure of a band’s success, it’s satisfying to see all those dues pay off.



Notable Debuts:

Dance Gavin Dance, Artificial Selection(Rise)
30,000 sold

The band’s latest album marks their best debut yet, selling over 10k more than their 2016 release.




Tremonti, A Dying Machine (Napalm)
10,000 sold

Mark Tremonti’s fourth studio album doesn’t sell as much as its predecessors, but it’s nothing to shake a stick at either.




Megadeth, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! – The Final Kill (Century Media/Legacy)
4,800 sold

Megadeth’s reissue of their 1985 debut album includes their cover of “These Boots”, in case you were wondering.





YOB, Our Raw Heart (Relapse)
4,000 sold

YOB’s triumphant eighth album sold more than 4 times their previous album, making this the band’s highest charting album.



Zeal & Ardor, Stranger Fruit (MVKA Records)
1,500 sold

Following the monumental success of Devil Is Fine, Zeal & Ardor have released album number two, the first to feature a full band.




Exmortus, The Sound Of Steel (Prosthetic)
800 sold

This is the band’s fifth studio album.




Dead Sara, Temporary Things Taking Up Space (Atlantic)
600 sold

This is the band’s second EP. You may have heard their cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” in the video game Infamous Second Son.




Uniform & The Body, Mental Wounds Not Healing (Sacred Bones)
500 sold

The Body released their new album a few weeks ago, so naturally they followed up with another collaborative album.





TNT, XIII (Frontiers)
400 sold

The Norwegian band’s thirteenth album is their first in eight years.





Trillium, Tectonic (Frontiers)
250 sold

This is the band’s second album and first since 2011.





Tsjuder, Throne Of The Goat (Expanded Edition) (Season Of Mist)
200 sold

This is a reissue of the band’s 1997 debut EP.






Lago, Sea Of Duress (Unique Leader)
175 sold

This is the band’s second album.





Notable Sales:

Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
9,600 sold

A 84% drop, but this is a still a good second week.




Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
6,800 sold

A 29% drop with just under 90,000 sold.




Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
3,700 sold

A 3% drop.




Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
3,400 sold

A 7% boost. This will probably hit the 150k mark next week.






Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
3,100 sold

A 24% drop.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
2,100 sold

A 20% drop.






A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
2,000 sold

A 9% drop.






Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
2,000 sold

A 17% boost.






Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
2,000 sold

An 82% drop after a huge boost last week.




Bad Wolves, Disobey (Eleven Seven)
1,700 sold

A 9% drop.




Sleep, The Sciences (Third Man)
1,000 sold

Another boost of 8%.



Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
1,000 sold

This might be losing firepower with a 13% drop.



Jonathan Davis, Black Labyrinth (Sumerian)
1,000 sold

A 49% drop





Sevendust, All I See Is War (Rise)
800 sold

A 20% drop.





Burn The Priest, Legion: XX (Epic)
700 sold

A 32% drop.






Gruesome, Twisted Prayers(Relapse)
650 sold

A 69% second week drop.





Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
500 sold

A 36% drop.






Kataklysm, Meditations (Nuclear Blast)
300 sold

A 89% drop in week two.





Graveyard, Peace (Nuclear Blast)
300 sold

A 33% drop.






Amorphis, Queen Of Time (Nuclear Blast)
300 sold

A 23% drop.





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

A 26% drop in week two.






Convictions, Hope For The Broken (InVogue)
200 sold

A second week 77% drop.





Alien Weaponry,  (Napalm Records)
200 sold

A 66% drop in week two.






Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
175 sold

A 47% drop is the biggest this album has had in a while.





Candlemass, House Of Doom (Napalm)
180 sold

A 44% drop.





Circle of Dust, Machine of Our Disgrace(FiXT)
100 sold

A large 86% drop.






Nervosa, Downfall Of Mankind(Napalm Records)
100 sold

A 76% drop is enough to make one nervous.