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

Record Store Day came and made its impact on the charts! For those unaware, the event started back in 2007 and is used to “celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store.” Many bands either team up for split EP’s or put out their own exclusive record. Topping the chart this week was Foo Fighter’s LP of Bee Gee’s covers. I would have never thought that Foo Fighters covering the Bee Gees would work so well. With the emergence of so many RSD releases, a good amount of bands fell off the chart, including Evanescence, Buckcherry, and At The Gates. However, their hiatus should only be temporary. Check out all the Record Store Day releases here!


Notable Debuts:

Foo Fighters, Dee Gees/Hail Satan – Foo Fighters/Live (RCA)
Debut #2
14,975 sold

Foo Fighters drop an interesting LP with a mix of covers and live originals exclusively for record store day.




Times of Grace, Songs Of Loss And Separation (Wicked Good)
Debut #35
2,650 sold

After decade of waiting, the KSE duo returns with a fantastic record. Read my review!




Powerwolf, Call Of The Wild (Napalm Records)
Debut #37
2,575 sold

Eighth studio album from the Sarbrücken natives. This album contains bagpipes and Jonathan Davis would be proud.




(Hed) P.E. Best of Suburban Noize Years (Regime Music)
Debut #171
825 sold

What can be better than celebrating a 15 year label anniversary with a special Record Store Day release? Not much.




Bad Omens, Live + Unplugged (Sumerian)
Debut #184
725 sold

Bad Omens contributes with their Record Store Day release.




Wizardthrone, Hypercube Necrodimensions (Napalm Records)
625 sold

A nice debut from the members of Alestorm, Gloryhammer, and Nekrogoblikon.




Soen, The Undiscovered Lotus (Silver Lining)
475 sold

More Record Store Day releases! This features three unreleased songs from the Lotus era.





Cognitive, Malevolent Thoughts of a Hastened Extinction (Unique Leader)
375 sold

Death metal at its finest.




Paradise Lost, At The Mill (Nuclear Blast)
325 sold

Taken live from The Mill Nightclub near the band’s hometown in Yorkshire, England.





Notable Sales:

Various Artists, Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack (Loma Vista)
#20 (from 74)
3,875 sold

A huge 248% increase by nearly tripling their sales for the comic book crossover limited series featuring Mastodon, Greg Puciato, Rise Against, and more!



Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#46 (from 50)
2,200 sold

Fourteen weeks on the charts and the young trio still garners a 48% increase.



Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#76 (from 47)
1,700 sold


WvH might have dropped nearly 30 spots but still sold 6% more than last week.


Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#91 (from 78)
1,375 sold


Another band that’s chart position fell but still sold 30% more copies. Just in time to kick off their tour.



AFI, Bodies (Rise)
#136 (re-entry)
1,000 sold


Back on the charts from #167.




Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#151 (from 73)
925 sold

Gojira drop by 19%.




King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Teenage Gizzard (ATO)
#155 (from 38)
875 sold

53% drop.




Mayhem, Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando – Ep(Century Media)
161 (from 108)
850 sold

18% increase for the Nordic black metal cover EP.




AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#172 (from 100)
800 sold

Another 4% increase.




Alcatrazz, Born Innocent (Silver Lining)
550 sold

First album in 35 years for the 80’s metal band.





Darkthrone, Eternal Hails (Peaceville)
275 sold

Another 16% drop for week four.





VCTMS, Vol. IV Numb the Ache (Self-Released)
275 sold

A 84% drop for the DIY underground metalcore trio.




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

A 41% drop for the Boston hardcore outfit.





Babymetal, 10 Babymetal Years (BMD Fox Records)
250 sold

It shocks me that Babymetal is already 10 years old. Time flies.





Light The Torch, You Will Be The Death Of Me (Nuclear Blast)
215 sold

Sadly, another 35% drop for Howard and the gang. Check out my review here!





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

An unexpected 17% increase for the proggy supergroup.




Hardline, Heart, Mind And Soul(Frontiers)
125 sold
A big 79% drop for their seventh full-length studio album.





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

9% increase after being on the charts for 17 weeks.