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Author Archives: Matt Brown

Metal By Numbers 1/22: The charts don’t disagree with Poppy

Posted by on January 22, 2020

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   It’s not everyday you get a record with a pop oriented vocalist singing over chunky industrial metal riffs, but if bands like BABYMETAL have proven anything it’s that there’s an audience for a […]

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Metal By Numbers 1/8: New music to listen to

Posted by on January 8, 2020

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   Dave Mustaine once sang these lyrics in the Megadeth classic “Sweating Bullets”: “Hindsight is always 20-20 / But looking back it’s still a bit fuzzy.” That’s what popped into my head when I […]

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Metal By Numbers 12/26: Happy Boxing Day, you bastards

Posted by on December 26, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and/or are having a Happy Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. The next time I post here, it’ll be in 2020, the start of a new decade. What awaits […]

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Metal By Numbers 12/18: A decade of album sales

Posted by on December 18, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   In two weeks, we’ll officially be in the 2020’s. I know you’re all asking the important question: where do metal music and album sales go from here? I don’t have an answer for […]

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Metal Insider’s Matt Brown’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2019

Posted by on December 18, 2019

I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to cram in all the albums that I’ve been meaning to listen and re-listen to this year, and there’s never enough time. It’s especially tricky when the first few “Best of” lists break out and I start sifting through those wondering if there’s some gem I overlooked. And […]

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Metal By Numbers 12/11: Cattle Decapitation slaughter sales

Posted by on December 11, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   Compared to the last two months, this list of debuts looks rather small. But what it lacks in length it makes up for with Cattle Decapitation spearheading what will probably be the biggest […]

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Metal By Numbers 12/4: The hidden history of the charts

Posted by on December 4, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   The top 40 is a good place to be for most bands, but it’s especially killer to see a death metal band on there. Blood Incantation only have two studio albums under their […]

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Metal By Numbers 11/27: No charts left behind

Posted by on November 27, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   It’s still kind of hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow. This is despite the fact that all my day job has been this past week is being surrounded by people […]

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Metal By Numbers 11/13: The charts have something left to love

Posted by on November 13, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   Last week, I was slapping my hand to my forehead over the realization that we’re entering a new decade. It might not sound like too big of a deal, but in addition to […]

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Metal By Numbers 11/6: Who’s afraid of the big Bad Wolves?

Posted by on November 6, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.   So I’m only just finding out that Bad Wolves is made up of a number of musicians from other bands, most notably guitarist Doc Coyle from God Forbid. And finding that out just […]

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