Metal By Numbers 8/22: Dave Grohl plays up the charts

Posted by on August 22, 2018

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

As you’ve no doubt read by now, Jill Janus of Huntress died by suicide last week. I’m only a casual Huntress fan, but reading that headline was enough to elicit a shocked “What?! No way.” from me. Suicide is always a tragic thing, but it’s especially tragic when committed by the young. And make no mistake: at age 43, spearheading a band that hasn’t even been around ten years, Janus was young. This is the part where I tell you that if you have mental health issues don’t be afraid to reach out, but while that’s an important message to communicate an even more important one is to watch out for each other. People with mental illness won’t always reach out, so make sure you reach out to them if you think they’re in trouble. You don’t have to be a knight in shining armor and you don’t have to try and single-handedly “fix them”. Just be there.

Alright, that’s enough of the heavy stuff. Time for some different heavy stuff.



Notable Debuts:

Dave Grohl, Play (Roswell)
Debut #14
6,300 sold

Dave Grohl recorded a 23 minute song for a documentary. This is the song in question.



Erra, Neon (Solid State)
Debut #17
5,050 sold

The band’s fourth album didn’t sell as many copies in its first week as its predecessor, but it’s the band’s highest charting album yet.




Primal Fear, Apocalypse (Frontiers)
Debut #99
1,275 sold

This is the band’s highest charting US debut yet.





Scumfuck and Hollow Prophet, Scumprophet EP (Self Released)
210 sold

Sometimes, while I’m scrolling through the charts, I have to guess if a band is metal based on their name alone. Some of them are tricky. Others, like Scumfuck and Hollow Prophet, are quite easy to pick out.





Sinsaenum, Repulsion For Humanity (earMUSIC)
200 sold

This is the second album from the ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison among others.






Night Demon, Live Darkness (Shadow Kingdom)
170 sold

This is Night Demon’s first live album.




Notable Sales:

Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#25 (from 23)
3,550 sold

A 13% drop with just under 130,000 sold.




Halestorm, Vicious (Atlantic)
#33 (from 13)
3,300 sold

A 40% drop, but this is still a good third week.





Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#39 (from 28)
2,825 sold

At week 40, this take a 23% drop with just under 180,000 sold.




Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#53 (from 58)
2,300 sold

A 9% boost.




Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#60 (from 55)
2,050 sold

A 12% drop.




Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#61 (from 54)
2,050 sold

A 13% drop.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction(Prospect Park)
#72 (from 66)
1,650 sold

A drop of 9%.





Bad Wolves, Disobey (Eleven Seven)
#93 (from 97)
1,400 sold

A boost of 11%.





Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#96 (from 71)
1,350 sold

A 21% drop.



Rise Against, The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1 (Virgin)
#114 (from 63)
1,100 sold

A 44% drop.





Mike Shinoda, Post Traumatic (Warner Bros.)
#133 (from 190)
910 sold

A 42% boost.





Dee Snider, For The Love Of Metal (Napalm)
#153 (from 103)
830 sold

A drop of 30%.





Bullet For My Valentine, Gravity (Spinefarm)
#163 (from 111)
740 sold

A 32% drop.




Nine Inch Nails, Bad Witch (The Null Corporation)
#176 (from 142)
690 sold

A 20% drop with just under 40,000 sold.





A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
#188 (from 174)
660 sold

A 8% drop same as last week.





Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP(Republic)
#200 (from 170)
590 sold

A 20% drop.





Awake At Last, Life/Death/Rebirth(Self-Released)
340 sold

Another big boost of 60%.






Like A Storm, Catacombs(Century Media)
330 sold

A huge 120% boost.






Powerwolf, The Sacrament Of Sin (Napalm)
230 sold

A drop of 16%.





Immortal, Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)
350 sold

A boost of 62% is a good kind of chaos.






Obscura, Diluvium (Relapse)
170 sold

A 44% drop.






Michael Romeo, War Of The Words Pt. 1  (Music Theories)
150 sold

A 49% drop means war.






Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
140 sold

A 20% drop with over 25,000 sold.






Entheos, Dark Future (Spinefarm)
140 sold

This pops up again after a 16% boost.






Circle of Dust, Machine of Our Disgrace (FiXT)
140 sold

A 5% boost brings this up again.






Jungle Rot, Jungle Rot (Victory)
130 sold

A 40% drop is rotten.


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