There’s been some debate about whether or not we should include Foo Fighters in Metal by Numbers. Are they metal? No, and we’re pretty sure they’d be the first to tell you that. However, Dave Grohl was responsible for his solo project Probot, which featured everyone from Max Cavalera and Lee Dorrian to Wino and Lemmy. He also compared the latest Foo album, Concrete and Gold, to “Motorhead’s version of Sergeant Pepper.” So they get a pass. Also, this album debuted at #1 overall, which is impressive for a rock record to do these days. Also, you might notice Matt isn’t here this week. He went and got married, so we’re proud of him.
Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
The 120,000 copies of Concrete and Gold the band sold were mostly pure album sales. It’s also about the least amount of albums they sold first week since 2002’s One by One.
Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
The supergroup’s debut full length has a pretty solid debut, although it pales in comparison both sales-wise and aurally to Rage Against the Machine.
Nothing More, The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Better Noise/Eleven Seven)
This is a solid story of artist development. While Nothing More have only been on the national scene since their last album, this is actually their fifth. And Eleven Seven has done a great job of touring them a lot and building up excitement for this new one.
The Contortionist, Clairvoyant (eOne)
Another great artist development story. The band have matured from a somewhat generic djent band to writing what’s their most mature and experimental album to date, and it paid off with their highest debut to date.
Myrkur, Mareridt (Relapse)
Amelie Brunn’s sophomore full length sells nearly 1,000 more than her debut did, suggesting that her tour with Behemoth and increased cred in the metal world helped this do better.
Josh Todd & the Conflict, Year of the Tiger (Century Media)
The Buckcherry frontman’s solo debut has a respectable debut.
Ensiferum, Two Paths (Metal Blade)
The melodic folk-metallers’ second album for Metal Blade sells about 800 less than 2015’s One Man Army.
Belphegor, Totenritual (Nuclear Blast)
This is about what the Australian blackened death metal band’s last album sold back in 2014.
Steelheart, Through Worlds of Stardust (Frontiers)
This is the 90’s hair metal band’s fifth album, and first in nine years.
Fleshkiller, Awaken (Facedown)
According to Wikipedia, Fleshkiller are from Norway and Indiana, which is a pretty oddly specific combination. This is their debut album.
Wolves in the Throne Room, Thrice Woven (Artemesia Records)
This is the second release through the black metal band’s own label.
Caligula’s Horse, In Contact (InsideOut)
The Australian prog-metaller’s fourth album has a pretty solid debut.
Dyscarnate, With All Their Might (Unique Leader)
The UK death metal band have been around since 2004, and have a pretty solid debut.
This is a massive increase in sales, catapulting them back into the top ten.
Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
#23 (from 21)
A modest decrease finds it falling only two numbers lower than last week in week #3
Incubus, 8 (Island)
This sold 240 copies last week. That’s a pretty massive increase, eh?
Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
#116 (from 98)
This sold about the same number of albums as Arcade Fire’s new one this week, which I find amusing for some reason.
#163 (from 41)
Seems like this one’s about to drop out of the top 200 after three weeks. It’s already sole a pretty respectable 35,000 copies though.
Royal Blood, How Did We Get So Dark (Warner Bros.)
The band re-enters the chart, which is probably a result of them winning over Queens of the Stone Age fans on their tour.