Metal By Numbers 6/23: Wolfgang Van Halen has a mammoth debut

Posted by on June 23, 2021

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

I was in high school when Van Halen announced they would be going on tour with Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, on bass guitar. I heard many friends complain about Michael Anthony’s absence or assumed Wolfgang was some snot nosed kid who had no business playing in such a legendary band, family name or no. I was 16, the same age as Wolfgang Van Halen, and also a bass player who thought it sounded like a dream come true. All I told my friends was “Dude, if your dad was Eddie Fuckin’ Van Halen and he wanted you to play in the band, wouldn’t you do it?” I can’t pretend to know what Wolfgang’s experience was like then or since, but I’m happy to see him striking out on his own with the top debut for hard rock/metal this week. Wolfgang, if by some unlikely chance you are reading this, congratulations. Wherever your father is, I bet he’s proud.


Notable Debuts:

Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
Debut #2
30,125 sold

This is the debut album from Wolfgang Van Halen.





KISS, KISS Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 (UMe)
Debut #19
6,975 sold

This live album marks the start of KISS’s new archival live series.






Def Leppard, Live in Oxford (Island)
Debut #44
3,550 sold

This is a RSD vinyl release.





Mr. Bungle, The Night They Came Home (Live) (Ipecac)
Debut #67
2,600 sold

This is the band’s first live album.





Mötley Crüe, 40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set (Better Noise)
Debut #107
1,725 sold

If you’ve been missing the glory days of cassettes, Mötley Crüe has you covered.





Def Leppard, The CD Boxset: Volume 3 (Island)
Debut #117
1,625 sold

This 6 CD set features material from the 2000’s.






Crypta, Echoes Of The Soul (Napalm)
Debut #150
1,275 sold

This band features ex-Nervosa members.





Neon Christ, 1984 (Southern Lord)
Debut #168
1,125 sold

This is a release of the bands sessions from 1984 features William DuVall (Alice In Chains).





Go Ahead And Die, Go Ahead And Die (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #174
1,100 sold

This is the debut album from Max and Igor Cavalera.





Wristmeetrazor, Replica Of A Strange Love (Prosthetic)
800 sold

This is the band’s second album.







Goblin, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1979-2001) (AMS)
560 sold

Another RSD exclusive release.






Distant, Aeons of Oblivion (Unique Leader)
400 sold

This is the band’s second full-length.






Hammer King, Hammer King(Napalm)
200 sold

This is the band’s fourth album.






Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#62 (from #45)
2,675 sold

A 34% boost.





Rise Against, Nowhere Generation (Loma Vista)
#92 (from 3)
2,075 sold

A 84% drop in week two.





Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#101 (from 70)
1,950 sold

A 43% boost.





Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#108 (from 75)
1,725 sold

A 31% boost.





AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#121 (from 85)
1,525 sold

A 37% boost.





King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, L.W.(KGLW)
#151 (from 98)
1,275 sold

A 30% boost.





Green Jellÿ, Garbage Band Kids (Cleopatra)
Debut #161
1,200 sold

This is the band’s first new album since 2009.





Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (BMG)
#168 (from 59)
1,125 sold

A 6% boost.





Red Fang, Arrows (Relapse)
#183 (from 14)
1,025 sold

A 78% drop in week two.





Royal Blood, Typhoons (Imperial Galactic/Warner Records)
#188 (from 137)
1,000 sold

A 63% boost.





The Pretty Reckless, Death By Rock And Roll (Fearless Records)
#197 (from 129)
980 sold

An 47% boost.





Paul Gilbert, Werewolves of Portland (The Players Club)
660 sold

A 74% drop.






Flotsam And Jetsam, Blood In The Water (AFM)
610 sold

A 59% drop.






Pig Destroyer, Pornographers of Sounds: Live in NYC (Relapse)
540 sold

A 72% drop in week two.






Fiddlehead, Between The Richness (Run For Cover)
450 sold

A 119% boost.






Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Tension Experiment 3 (Inside Out)
400 sold

A 49% boost.






Melvins, Working With God(Ipecac)
360 sold

A 255% boost back up.






Poppy, I Disagree(Sumerian)
350 sold

This is up against after dropping off last week.






Burning Witches, The Witch Of The North (Nuclear Blast)
270 sold

A 29% drop.






Poppy, Eat (NXT Soundtrack) (Sumerian)
230 sold

A 55% drop.






The Dead Daisies, Holy Ground (SPV)
220 sold

This gets boosted back up.






Wardruna, Kvitravn (By Norse Music)
210 sold

A 147% boost back up.






Smith/Kotzen, Smith/Kotzen(BMG)
210 sold

A 35% boost.






Hum, Inlet(Earth Analog)
200 sold

A 122% boost back up after being off a few weeks.


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