Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
What a week! The end of August (queue 36Crazy Fists) had many notable debuts from all over the metal spectrum. Topping the charts was Turnstile with their impactful debut, crushing the metal competition. This week’s fun addition to the charts was Pawnee’s greatest band, Mouse Rat. For those who are unaware, Mouse Rat is fictional band from the TV show Parks and Recreation created by Chris Pratt’s character Andy Dwyer. Now there’s an actual album and it’s even #17 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales. Lastly, I want to apologize to our favorite visitor Henry, as Evanescence did not come back to life. I really thought they would return. Instead we saw the return of Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, Night Ranger, and Blacktop Mojo.
Turnstile, Glow On (Roadrunner Records)
An incredible debut for the Baltimore band’s fourth album.
Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
A crushing debut for the Ukrainian metalcore outfit. Managed by Devildriver’s Dez Fafara and backed by the entire metal community.
Mouse Rat, The Awesome Album (DualTone/Entertainment 720)
They actually did it! Parks and Recreation‘s Mouse Rat actually came out with an album. Andy Dwyer must be so proud.
The Bronx, Bronx VI (Cooking Vinyl)
Eighteen years in, the punk outfit releases their sixth studio album.
Phinehas, The Fire Itself (Solid State)
A fantastic record from the Los Angeles natives. Metalcore to the maX.
Megadeth, Unplugged In Boston – Live 2001 (Cleopatra Records)
Megadeth drops their rare and limited acoustic album. Just in time for their tour with Lamb of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed.
Neal Morse Band, Innocence & Danger (InsideOut)
Neal Morse teams up with prolific drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on their fourth studio album.
Hooded Menace, The Tritonus Bell (Season of Mist)
A full force of 80’s heavy metal for their sixth album.
TesseracT, P O R TA L S (kscope)
Leprous, Aphelion (InsideOutMusic)
The seventh studio album from the Notodden natives. Get your prog rock here!
Wormwitch, Wolf Hex (Prosthetic Records)
Canada’s favorite black metal outfit drops their third album with southern blackened riffs.
Grayscale, Umbra (Fearless)
The Pennsylvania natives dropping their Fearless third studio album.
Danko Jones, Power Trio (Sonic Unyon)
The Canadian power trio give it their all on their 10th studio album.
Ex Deo, The Thirteen Years Of Nero (Napalm Records)
The side project of Kataklysm frontman, Maurizio Iacon, drops their fourth album focusing on the history of the Roman Empire.
Deafheaven, Infinite Granite (Sargent House)
#58 (from 7)
Their fifth studio album drops a substantial 79% in week two. Give it a listen on Bandcamp!
Night Ranger, ATBPO (Frontiers)
Even though they dropped off for week three, the heavy metal veterans return with a 227% increase.
Between The Buried And Me, Colors II (Sumerian Records)
#93 (from 13)
An amazing tenth studio album from the Raleigh natives. Did you know “Fix The Error” has three drum solos from Navene Koperweis (Entheos), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and Ken Schalk (ex-Candiria)!?
Wolves In The Throne Room, Primordial Arcana (Relapse Records)
#112 (from 32)
The seventh studio album drops a troubling 71%.
Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#124 (from 124)
Same position but a 1% increase. 1% is better than nothing!
George Lynch, Seamless (Rat Pak Records)
#170 (from 33)
The former Dokken guitarist and his solo instrumental record drop 80%. Damn.
Various Artists, Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack (Loma Vista)
#192 (from 110)
The comic book crossover soundtrack drops again by 19% in week eight.
Will this be their last time on the charts!? Stay tuned next week on METAL INSIDER!
Blacktop Mojo, Blacktop Mojo (Sand Hill Records)
They’re back after falling off their #71 debut week. It might be self-titled but it’s the Texas natives 4th studio album.
Slaughter To Prevail, Kostolom (Sumerian Records)
Their second studio album drops another 58% in week three. Do yourself a favor and taste the brutality here!
Charlie Benante, Silver Linings (Megaforce)
The cover album by the Anthrax kit wizard returns to the charts!