Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Let’s talk Greta Van Fleet a minute. They sound just like Zeppelin. Some people (over 80,000 in fact) love them because of this. Others hate them because of this. Others hate them because of their rapid rise to fame. Some, like the writers at Pitchfork
, hate them so much that they took the time took the time to write a short “review” that boils down to making fun of the band’s clothing and using words like “retro-futurism” and “mollycoddled”. Me? I think they’re fine. They have talent and I don’t think wearing their influences on their sleeves negates that. Hell, I’d like to see the band transition to doing something completely bonkers on their next album, completely unlike Zep. That would really get me interested. Whether or not the band can keep the hype up in the future remains to be seen, but for now I say just let people like them. It’s a straight up rock band topping the charts in 2018 and I think that’s kinda cool.
Greta Van Fleet’s debut album had a first week that other bands dream of having.
It’s a solid debut, but this is also Disturbed’s first album since their 2000 debut album The Sickness not to debut at #1.
Ace Frehley, Spaceman
This is Ace’s eighth solo album and it features a guest appearance by Gene Simmons.
I’m not sure how good the movie is going to be and the world has plenty of Queen compilations, but I felt like I had to include this anyway.
This is the side-project from Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence.
This is the debut album from Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Jørn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind).
Sunflower Dead, C O M A
This is the band’s third studio album.
This is the band’s second album.
A new live album from Marty Friedman.
This is a new live album from Earthless following a new studio album from earlier this year.
This is the band’s seventh album.
Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#30 (from 49)
At week 50, this gets a 45% boost, and the band was already raking it in with their debut.
Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#79 (from 45)
A 54% boost with just under 125,000 sold.
Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#86 (from 99)
A 8% drop with over 150,000 sold.
Godsmack, Icon (Republic)
This compilation album came out last June.
Atreyu, In Our Wake
#107 (from 15)
A drop of 86% in week two.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Living The Dream
#111 (from 101)
A 23% drop.
Alice In Chains, Rainier Fog (BMG)
#118 (from 146)
A 14% boost with just under 50k sold.
A 34% drop.
(Red Bull Records)
#129 (from 110)
A 20% drop.
Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#142 (from 168)
A 14% boost.
#145 (from 130)
An 8% drop.
A 92% drop.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Wasteland
#170 (from 52)
A 73% drop.
Halestorm, Vicious (Atlantic)
#178 (from 157)
A 16% drop is vicious.
#183 (from 29)
An 85% drop.
An 88% boost brings this back up.
Hail the Sun, Mental Knife(Equal Vision)
A 37% boost.
A 70% drop in week two.
Voivod, The Wake
A 39% boost.
Seventh Wonder, Tiara
A 71% second week drop.
Revocation, The Outer Ones (Metal Blade)
A 34% drop.
All Them Witches, ATW (New West)
A drop of 81%.