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

No, seriously, this list of debuts is longer than I’ve had in a while. Nineteen albums, some you’ll know, some you won’t, some you’ll want to check out, some you’ll take one look at the album cover and go “The hell is this?” Going off that last statement, Hoobastank is still a thing. You know, the band that wrote “The Reason” in the early 2000’s? Anyway, apparently they’re considered metal to some degree (according to Wikipedia anyway) and they put out their first album in six years. So, there you go. There’s your little factoid for the day. Just wanted to share. If this was already common knowledge then I apologize for the redundancy, but I can’t be the only one.



Notable Debuts:

Jonathan Davis, Black Labyrinth (Sumerian)
8,700 sold

The Korn frontman’s solo debut has a solid start on the charts.





Bleeding Through, Love Will Kill All (SharpTone)
3,000 sold

Bleeding Through have returned with their first album since 2012. This sold about the same as its predecessor.





Graveyard, Peace (Nuclear Blast)
2,300 sold

This sold slightly better than the band’s 2015 album.





Candlemass, House Of Doom (Napalm)
600 sold

This EP is the band’s followup to their 2016 EP Death Thy Lover.





Wayfarer, World’s Blood (Profound Lore)
500 sold

This is the band’s third studio LP.






Spock’s Beard, Noise Floor (InsideOut)
450 sold

This is the band’s thirteenth studio album and features the return of drummer Nick D’Virgilio.





Dream On, Dreamer, It Comes and Goes (Self-Released)
400 sold

This is the fourth album from this Australian (where else?) metalcore band.





Smile Empty Soul, Oblivion (Self-Released)
400 sold

This is the band’s seventh album.





Lordi, Sexorcism (AFM)
300 sold

This is Lordi’s ninth studio album.






Baptists, Beacon Of Faith (Southern Lord)
300 sold

This is the hardcore punk band’s third album.






UADA, Cult of a Dying Sun (Eisenwald)
250 sold

This is the band’s second album.






Don Airey, One of a Kind (earMUSIC)
200 sold

Here’s the latest solo album from the keyboardist who’s played with everyone from Rainbow to Ozzy Osbourne to Deep Purple.





The Maension, The Raevolution (Knife Fight)
200 sold

This is the band’s debut album.






Failure, Your Body Will Be (Self-Released)
200 sold

This EP is the band’s first release since their returning LP in 2015.






Micawber, Beyond The Reach Of Flame (Prosthetic)
175 sold

This is the death metal band’s third album.





Raven Black, 13 (WURPgroup)
150 sold

I don’t know anything about these guys, but I bet their favorite TV show is Invader Zim.






Split Cranium, I’m The Devil And I’m OK (Ipecac)
150 sold

This is the second album the group featuring Aaron Turner (SUMAC, ex-Isis) and Nate Newton (Converge).





Midnattsol, The Aftermath (Napalm)
150 sold

This is the gothic band’s fourth album.





Pressure Cracks, Pressure Cracks (War Against)
150 sold

This is a new project fronted by Jason Butler (ex-letlive.)





Notable Sales:

Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
13,000 sold

A second week drop of 78%, but they’re also the only band on here with two albums on the charts.




Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
4,100 sold

This continues to rake in steady sales.





Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
4,000 sold

A 37% drop.





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

A 26% drop.






Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
2,700 sold

Gotta pick up the greatest hits along with the new album, right?





Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
2,400 sold

A 33% drop.






A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
2,200 sold

A 31% drop.






Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
2,200 sold

Just when you think album sales are starting to taper off, this makes a 69% boost.






Bad Wolves, Disobey (Eleven Seven)
2,000 sold

A 46% drop. Our own Zenae Zukowski recently interviewed frontman Tommy Vext.





Sevendust, All I See Is War (Rise)
1,400 sold

A 51% drop is all I see.





Burn The Priest, Legion: XX (Epic)
1,400 sold

A 79% second week drop.




Sleep, The Sciences (Third Man)
1,200 sold

A small boost of 9%.






Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
1,200 sold

A 50% boost.






Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
1,150 sold

A 12% drop.






Overkill, Live In Overhausen (Nuclear Blast)
1,000 sold

Strangely, in week two, this sold the same amount as last week.






Parkway Drive, Reverence (Epitaph Records)
800 sold

A 38% drop.




Amorphis, Queen Of Time (Nuclear Blast)
700 sold

A 71% second week drop.




At The Gates, To Drink From The Night Itself (Century Media)
650 sold

A 82% drop in week two.





Three Days Grace,Outsider (RCA)
600 sold

A 40% drop isn’t so graceful (did I make that joke yet?)






Dimmu Borgir, Eonian (Nuclear Blast)
500 sold
A 50% drop.


Stryper, God Damn Evil (Frontiers)
400 sold

A 20% drop.




Black Stone Cherry, Family Tree (Mascot)
500 sold

Also a 20% drop.





Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
350 sold

A 17% boost.





Dug Pinnick, Tribute to Jimi (Often Imitated But Never Duplicated(Rat Pak)
300 sold

A 73% second week drop.





From Ashes To New, The Future (Better Noise)
200 sold

A 56% drop.






Skinless, Savagery (Relapse)
175 sold

A 42% drop.





Red Sun Rising, Thread (Razor & Tie)
150 sold

A 50% drop. Will the sun ever rise again?






Alkaloid, Liquid Anatomy(Season of Mist)
600 sold

A 83% drop in week two.