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.
Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
This is the debut album from Wolfgang Van Halen.
KISS, KISS Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 (UMe)
This live album marks the start of KISS’s new archival live series.
Def Leppard, Live in Oxford (Island)
This is a RSD vinyl release.
Mr. Bungle, The Night They Came Home (Live) (Ipecac)
This is the band’s first live album.
Mötley Crüe, 40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set (Better Noise)
If you’ve been missing the glory days of cassettes, Mötley Crüe has you covered.
Def Leppard, The CD Boxset: Volume 3 (Island)
This 6 CD set features material from the 2000’s.
Crypta, Echoes Of The Soul (Napalm)
This band features ex-Nervosa members.
Neon Christ, 1984 (Southern Lord)
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)
This is the debut album from Max and Igor Cavalera.
Wristmeetrazor, Replica Of A Strange Love (Prosthetic)
This is the band’s second album.
Goblin, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1979-2001) (AMS)
Another RSD exclusive release.
Distant, Aeons of Oblivion (Unique Leader)
This is the band’s second full-length.
Hammer King, Hammer King(Napalm)
This is the band’s fourth album.
Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#62 (from #45)
A 34% boost.
Rise Against, Nowhere Generation (Loma Vista)
#92 (from 3)
A 84% drop in week two.
Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#101 (from 70)
A 43% boost.
Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#108 (from 75)
A 31% boost.
AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#121 (from 85)
A 37% boost.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, L.W.(KGLW)
#151 (from 98)
A 30% boost.
Green Jellÿ, Garbage Band Kids (Cleopatra)
This is the band’s first new album since 2009.
Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (BMG)
#168 (from 59)
A 6% boost.
Red Fang, Arrows (Relapse)
#183 (from 14)
A 78% drop in week two.
Royal Blood, Typhoons (Imperial Galactic/Warner Records)
#188 (from 137)
A 63% boost.
The Pretty Reckless, Death By Rock And Roll (Fearless Records)
#197 (from 129)
An 47% boost.
Paul Gilbert, Werewolves of Portland (The Players Club)
A 74% drop.
Flotsam And Jetsam, Blood In The Water (AFM)
A 59% drop.
Pig Destroyer, Pornographers of Sounds: Live in NYC (Relapse)
A 72% drop in week two.
Fiddlehead, Between The Richness (Run For Cover)
A 119% boost.
Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Tension Experiment 3 (Inside Out)
A 49% boost.
Melvins, Working With God(Ipecac)
A 255% boost back up.
Poppy, I Disagree(Sumerian)
This is up against after dropping off last week.
Burning Witches, The Witch Of The North (Nuclear Blast)
A 29% drop.
Poppy, Eat (NXT Soundtrack) (Sumerian)
A 55% drop.
The Dead Daisies, Holy Ground (SPV)
This gets boosted back up.
Wardruna, Kvitravn (By Norse Music)
A 147% boost back up.
A 35% boost.
Hum, Inlet(Earth Analog)
A 122% boost back up after being off a few weeks.