Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
In case you somehow weren’t aware, Tool is not only coming out with a new album at the end of the month, but they’ve finally made their discography available for streaming. It didn’t take long for album sales to surge, and now you can find all four studio albums and the Opiate EP at the top of the Billboard. It looks like this:
Ænima, #5, 18,425 sold
Lateralus, #7, 15,950 sold
10,000 Days, #9, 14,600 sold
Undertow, #11, 14,350 sold
Opiate EP, #12, 9,650 sold
Needless to say, people are pretty amped about being able to stream/digitally purchase Tool’s discography, bringing an end to one of the last big holdouts of the digital music age. We were pretty stoked about it too, so much so that we discussed out favorite Tool tracks on a recent Headbanger’s Brawl. Hopefully you’re not sick of hearing about the band too much because the Tool train is going strong.
Skillet, Victorious (Atlantic)
Skillet’s new album made the top 5, though it didn’t sell as much as its predecessor.
Volbeat, Rewind, Replay, Rebound (Republic)
Volbeat have another top 5 debut. It sold less than half of its predecessor’s first week.
Russian Circles, Blood Year (Sargent House)
The band’s seventh album marks their highest charting album yet.
Carnifex, World War X (Nuclear Blast)
This didn’t have as good a debut as Slow Death in 2016.
Bad Omens, Finding God Before God Finds Me (Sumerian)
The band’s second album marks their best debut yet.
Northlane, Alien (UNFD)
This charted higher, sold lower than Northlane’s surprise release in 2017.
Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#52 (from 45)
A 17% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#87 (from 86)
A 6% drop.
Sabaton, The Great War (Nuclear Blast)
#94 (from 56)
A 43% drop.
Soundgarden, Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den (UMe)
#103 (from 23)
A second week drop of 77%.
I Prevail, Trauma (Fearless)
#110 (from 100)
A drop of 11%.
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#127 (from 104)
A 15% drop.
Scott Stapp, The Space Between The Shadows (Napalm)
#129 (from 85)
Here’s an album I missed. It debuted three weeks ago at #10 and has sold just under 8,500 units.
A 23% drop.
#140 (from 140)
A 2% drop.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack(Eleven Seven)
#143 (from 156)
A boost of 6%.
Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#145 (from 120)
A 13% drop.
Sum 41, Order In Decline (Hopeless)
#153 (from 101)
Another album I missed. This debuted at #8 and has sold over 10,200 units.
Rammstein, Rammstein (Universal)
#159 (from 137)
A 14% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#166 (from 152)
A 9% drop.
Def Leppard, The Story So Far: The Best of Def Leppard (UMC)
An 18% boost brings this back up.
Thy Art Is Murder, Human Target (Nuclear Blast)
#196 (from 32)
A second week drop of 81%.
Sleep Signals, At the End of the World(Self-Released)
A 16% drop.
Torche, Admission (Relapse)
A 20% drop. Also, I finally listened to this album and it’s dope.
Tomb Mold, Planetary Clairvoyance (20 Buck Spin)
A 14% drop.
Awake At Last, The Change(Outlerloop)
A 22% drop.
Abbath, Outstrider (Season Of Mist)
A 27% drop.
Heilung, Futha (Season Of Mist)
A boost of 8%.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fishing For Fishies(ATO)
A 4% drop.
David Ellefson, Sleeping Giants (EMP)
This sold the same as last week.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
A 25% drop.
John 5, Invasion(60 Cycle Hum)
A 45% second week drop.
Sanction, Broken In Refraction (Pure Noise)
A drop of 86%.
Joe Satriani, Squares(Earmusic)
This got boosted back up after dropping off last week.
Year of the Knife, Ultimate Aggression(Pure Noise)
This got boosted back up a few months after dropping off.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Polygondwanaland (Blood Music)
This pops up again.