Metal By Numbers 8/30: Steven Wilson has a bone to pick with the charts

Posted by on August 30, 2017

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

You gotta give credit to Steven Wilson: the man is always busy. Sure, you can say that about a lot of musicians, but when your resume includes several different bands, production work for bands like Opeth and Anathema, and remixes of albums by King Crimson and Yes, you’re keeping busy in a good way. I’m admittedly a bit of a fanboy for Wilson, but that had no part in his latest studio album in the top debut this week; he did that on his own. And while some people might prefer the heavier material of the defunct Porcupine Tree, Wilson’s solo albums are some of the best progressive music you can find nowadays. And now, the numbers for Avenged Sevenfold’s album as requested: The Stage sold 400 copies this week and has sold around 190,000 copies total.
Notable Debuts: 
Steven Wilson, To The Bone (Caroline)
Debut #12
9,000 sold
Steven Wilson’s fifth album manages to top his 2015 effort as his highest charting album.
Thy Art Is Murder, Dear Desolation (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #20
6,425 sold
The band’s fourth album marks their best debut yet.
KMFDM, Hell Yeah (earMUSIC)
Debut #104
1,650 sold
This is the band’s twentieth album.
Eluveitie, Evocation II – Pantheon (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #118
1,500 sold
Eluveitie’s seventh album sold less than half what Origins debuted with in 2014.
Cloakroom, Time Well (Relapse)
Debut #159
1,050 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Save Us from the Archon, Melancholia (Tragic Hero)
230 sold
The band’s new album comes about a year and a half after their previous release.


Notable Sales:
Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#32 (from 24)
4,325 sold

A 20% drop.




Incubus, 8 (Island) 
#47 (re-entry)
3,125 sold
This gets boosted back up the charts with a huge 500% increase from last week.





metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#67 (from 17)
2,325 sold

A 66% drop in week 40, but don’t feel bad for them – the Black Album sold 1,200 more than this did.




Nickelback, Feed the Machine (BMG)
#73 (from 52)
2,225 sold
Another 18% drop just below 90,000 sold.





Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
#82 (from 110)
1,925 sold

You’ll forgive me for thinking that Greta Van Fleet was actually some Dutch indie singer-songwriter based on the name. Turns out they’re a hard rock band of teenagers with an EP that’s been doing pretty well for being their only studio release.



Alice Cooper, Paranormal (earMUSIC)
#114 (from 74)
1,525 sold

A 30% drop with over 20,000 sold.





In This Moment, Ritual (Atlantic/Roadrunner Records)
#116 (from 86)
1,525 sold
A 21% drop puts this in the chart position as Stone Sour below.




Stone SourHydrograd (Roadrunner)
#116 (from 95)
1,525 sold

A 12% drop.





I Prevail - Lifelines

I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#141 (from 188)
1,200 sold

A 28% boost brings this over 90,000 sold.




Dead Cross, Dead Cross (Ipecac Recordings)
#154 (from 122)
1,050 sold
A 26% drop makes me cross.



Accept, The Rise Of Chaos (Nuclear Blast)
#168 (from 114)
950 sold
A 38% drop. More like the fall of chaos, amirite?
Rise Against, Wolves (Virgin)
#170 (from 196)
940 sold
A slight boost of 7%.


Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#191 (from 182)
830 sold

A 14% drop.


Seether, Poison The Parish (Canine Riot)
#197 (181)
790 sold

A 19% drop after last week’s re-entry.



Nine Inch Nails, Add Violence (The Null Corporation)
#199 (from 184)
780 sold
Just under 30,000 sold.
Venom Inc, Avé (Nuclear Blast)
390 sold
A drop of 69% in week two.
Dying Fetus, Wrong One To Fuck With (Relapse)
350 sold
A 13% drop.

letters-from-the-fireLetters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
320 sold

The smallest boost of 1%.





Incantation, Profane Nexus (Relapse)
290 sold
A 77% second week drop
Shaman’s Harvest, Red Hands Black Deeds (Mascot)
270 sold
A 42% drop.
Marty Friedman, Wall Of Sound (Prosthetic Records)
250 sold
A 33% drop.
Wintersun, The Forest Seasons (Nuclear Blast)
250 sold
A 10% boost.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity (ATO)
240 sold

A boost of 12%.
Rex Brown, Smoke On This… (eOne Music)
220 sold
A 22% drop.




Decapitated, Anticult (Nuclear Blast)
220 sold

A boost of 11% is totally kvlt.





Ded, Mis•an•thrope (Surestone)
210 sold
 A 25% drop.
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Murder Of The Universe (ATO Records)
210 sold
A 3% drop.




Lorna Shore, Flesh Coffin (Outerloop)
190 sold

A 9% drop.




Decrepit Birth, Axis Mundi (Nuclear Blast)
190 sold
A 8% boost brings this back up again.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
180 sold

An 18% drop.


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