Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
This week’s list of debuts is a bit more robust compared to last week, not least of all because it features some long-awaited heavy hitters like The Faceless and Morbid Angel, the latter of which has been receiving sweeping praise. After all, who doesn’t love a good return to form album?
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction (Prospect Park)
Yes, FFDP has been around for a decade. Somehow, it feels like it’s been a lot longer.
Glassjaw, Material Control (Century Media)
This is the band’s first full length album in fifteen years.
The Faceless, In Becoming A Ghost (Sumerian Records)
After five years, The Faceless finally release their fourth studio album.
Project 86, Sheep Among Wolves (Team Black)
This is the band’s tenth album.
Morbid Angel, Kingdoms Disdained (Silver Lining)
The band’s ninth album is being hailed as a return to form.
Intervals, The Way Forward (Self-Released)
The instrumental band’s third LP didn’t have as high a debut as its predecessor, but I’m listening to it right now and damn is it good.
Operation: Mindcrime, A New Reality (Frontiers)
Eisley/Goldy, Blood, Gust, and Games (Frontiers)
This is a team up with Dio guitarist Craig Goldy and David Glen Eisley, who you probably best know for this memorable Spongebob Squarepants episode.
Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
A 14% drop. Also, Greta Van Fleet is a real person, in case you were wondering.
Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
A tiny 1% boost.
Evanescence, Synthesis (BMG)
This has fallen by another 39%.
A 28% drop.
Iron Maiden, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (BMG)
A 26% second week drop.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
A 13% boost.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
You won’t be surprised to know this is #1 on Billboard’s year-end charts for “Hard Rock Albums” and “Hard Rock Album Artists” over a year after its release.
Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
A 21% drop, but this is still alive and kicking.
Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
A 39% drop.
August Burns Red, Phantom Anthem (Fearless)
This gets a boost back up, perhaps due to the Grammy nomination.
Trivium, The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
A 16% drop.
Hollywood Undead, Five (BMG)
A 23% drop.
Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
Wasn’t redy for a 40% drop.
Cavalera Conspiracy, Psychosis (Napalm Records)
A 29% drop.
Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
A 48% drop.
Electric Wizard, Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm)
A 43% drop. Bloody hell.
Converge, The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Deathwish)
A 20% drop
Entheos, Dark Future (Spinefarm)
Sales dropped by half from last week.
Sweet & Lynch, Unified (Frontiers)
This sells about the same as last week.
Godflesh, Post Self (Shellshock)
A 20% drop.
Phinehas, Dark Flag (Artery)
A 71% drop raises a dark flag.