Metal By Numbers 1/3: Last of the 2017 sales

Posted by on January 3, 2018

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

The first MBN of 2018 isn’t usually all that exciting. There’s always a bit of a drought in new releases and it takes a bit for things to get rolling again. I always like to refer to the Wikipedia page for metal music to keep track of releases. It doesn’t cover everything and if one of your favorite bands is relatively obscure/doesn’t have a Wikipedia page you probably won’t find them on here. Still, it’s a pretty good and simply reference point for seeing what the new year has to offer. January is already looking like a pretty packed month with releases from Shining, Corrosion of Conformity, Machine Head, and more heading our way.

Note: the selected art for this week’s column is Asking Alexandria’s newest album, which was the top debut last week.


Notable Sales: 

Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
8,400 sold

This is still selling pretty well for an album with only two new songs on it (one of them an Offspring cover).





Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
6,700 sold

This got a big boost of 79% last week followed by a 13% drop this week.





Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
4,900 sold

This got boosted back up the charts by the resissue with all the b-sides, pushing it to over 202,000 sold.





Linkin Park, One More Light Live (Warner Bros.)
4,800 sold

This live album debuted last week with 21,000 sold.





Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
4,600 sold

I expect this will be sticking around well into the new year.





Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
3,100 sold
Nearly 260,000 sold.
Asking Alexandria, Asking Alexandria (Sumerian Records)
2,800 sold
This debuted last week with 22,000 sold. A high debut, but it’s the band’s second lowest debut after their first album.




metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
2,700 sold

Still hanging in there after over a year on the charts.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
2,100 sold

Just under 230,000 sold.





Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
2000 sold

Over 123,000 sold.





Theory of a Deadman, Wake Up Call (Atlantic)
2,000 sold

Just under 35,000 sold.





Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
1,900 sold

Just under 50,000 sold.





Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
1,800 sold

Just under 60,000 sold.





Iron Maiden, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (BMG)
1,400 sold

23,000 sold.





Hollywood Undead, Five (BMG)
1,400 sold

Over 30,000 sold.





Trivium, The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
1,200 sold

Just under 30,000 sold.





Black Sabbath, The End (Eagle Rock)
800 sold

Over 10,000 sold.





August Burns Red, Phantom Anthem (Fearless)
600 sold

Hopefully some of you remembered to listen to August Burns Red’s excellent Christmas album over the holidays.




Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
500 sold

The limited edition bonus disc includes covers of Metallica, Accept, and Kreator among others.





Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
500 sold

37,000 sold.





Morbid Angel, Kingdoms Disdained (Silver Lining)
400 sold

Though it’s received much praise, the album has only sold about 4,000 thus far. This is perhaps mostly due to being released so late in the year.





Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
400 sold
This album has been sweeping many best of 2017 lists. It has sold about 18,000 total thus far.






Sons Of Apollo, Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
400 sold
Over 10,000 sold.





Cavalera Conspiracy, Psychosis (Napalm Records)
300 sold

18,000 sold.





Glassjaw, Material Control (Century Media)
300 sold

5,000 sold.





Electric Wizard, Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm)
300 sold

6,000 sold.





Converge, The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Deathwish)
300 sold

About 13,000 sold.





Project 86, Sheep Among Wolves (Team Black)
250 sold

4,500 sold.





Ghost, Ceremony and Devotion (Loma Vista)
200 sold

This dropped pretty far in it’s third week.





The Faceless, In Becoming A Ghost (Sumerian Records)
200 sold

5,000 sold.




War Of Ages, Alpha (Facedown)
2,00 sold

3,500 sold.





Sweet & Lynch, Unified (Frontiers)
200 sold

5,000 sold is pretty sweet.

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  • pheet007

    It’s maddening to see a lot of albums that many of us can’t even get in our home towns because the stores that do sell music are only pushing the biggest sellers, many of which are pieces of shit pop, modern country, which sucks beyond description, and otherwise only the biggest names. You have to be from a sizable city any more to even find Power Trip on the rack. I live in NW Arkansas, which is basically a two county urban sprawl of 500,000 people without a large central city, and if I want anything I have to order it. I won’t download – I want permanent copies of my music. It’s ridiculous that I would have to drive two hours to Tulsa to find a store that even stocks metal, four hours to Kansas City, seven to St. Louis or Dallas, etc.
    Here’s some metal bands I had to order online because nobody stocks them here in the Bible Belt:

    Suffocation “Of The Dark Light”
    Power Trip’s two CD’s
    Code Orange (I didn’t buy it but it isn’t available in stores here either)
    Morbid Angel
    Electric Wizard (again, didn’t buy it but you can’t find it)

    It isn’t like these are unknowns on tiny independent labels. I ordered for myself some older Immolation and Suffocation’s self titled album – the USPS lost the order, I did get credit for it, thankfully, and the outfit that sold the CD’s was furious, as well they should be – and had to re-order it so it took a month to get them. That is fucking ridiculous. The same thing happens to jazz albums I try to find.
    I don’t suppose there’s much of a point to be made here, except that thanks to downloading and MP3 technology, it’s made it very difficult for music lovers to find rarities, older titles and even many current releases. I still don’t understand though the attraction of horrible “bands” like Asking Alexandria and the deathcore/metalcore crap. Pure Hot Topic mall hanger outer shit for those trying to be hip but wouldn’t know real music if you paid them.