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.
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
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)
This got a big boost of 79% last week followed by a 13% drop this week.
Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
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.)
This live album debuted last week with 21,000 sold.
Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
I expect this will be sticking around well into the new year.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
Still hanging in there after over a year on the charts.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
Just under 230,000 sold.
Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
Over 123,000 sold.
Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
Just under 50,000 sold.
Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
Just under 60,000 sold.
Iron Maiden, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (BMG)
Hollywood Undead, Five (BMG)
Over 30,000 sold.
Trivium, The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
Just under 30,000 sold.
Black Sabbath, The End (Eagle Rock)
Over 10,000 sold.
August Burns Red, Phantom Anthem (Fearless)
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)
The limited edition bonus disc includes covers of Metallica, Accept, and Kreator among others.
Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
Morbid Angel, Kingdoms Disdained (Silver Lining)
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.
Cavalera Conspiracy, Psychosis (Napalm Records)
Glassjaw, Material Control (Century Media)
Electric Wizard, Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm)
Converge, The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Deathwish)
About 13,000 sold.
Project 86, Sheep Among Wolves (Team Black)
Ghost, Ceremony and Devotion (Loma Vista)
This dropped pretty far in it’s third week.
The Faceless, In Becoming A Ghost (Sumerian Records)
Sweet & Lynch, Unified (Frontiers)
5,000 sold is pretty sweet.