Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Machine Head’s new album was the center of a lot of chatter in the metal world in the first month of 2018, and the majority of it was mixed to say the least. Our own Jeff Podoshen wasn’t a fan (check his review) and you’ve likely heard that the album debuted with less than half the numbers of Bloodstone & Diamonds from 2014. I love Machine Head, and since they’re the featured band on this week’s Metal By Numbers, I feel inclined to my offer my two cents: I don’t hate Catharsis. I don’t think it’s as good as the band’s last four albums, but, hey, few bands can put out albums as good as The Blackening and then have every single release afterward be on par. I’m currently listening to it for the third time as I write and really my biggest critique is that it’s too long. Something something brevity and wit and all that. And if you did hate the album or you just don’t care about Machine Head, the numbers for Tribulation and Portal ought to keep you happy.
Machine Head, Catharsis (Nuclear Blast)
This charted higher than Bloodstone & Diamonds, but sold less than half the units.
Sleeping Giant, I Am (Facedown)
This is the band’s fifth and final album.
Tribulation, Down Below (Century Media)
Tribulation’s fourth album outsold its predecessor.
Portal, Ion (Profound Lore)
The band’s fifth album is their first in five years.
Mammoth Grinder, Cosmic Crypt (Relapse)
This is the band’s fourth album.
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, The Age Of Absurdity (Nuclear Blast)
This is the debut album from Phil Campbell’s post-Motörhead project.
Orphaned Land, Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (Century Media)
This is the Israeli band’s sixth album.
Hooded Menace, Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (Season Of Mist)
This is the band’s fifth album.
Into the Great Divide, Into the Great Divide (Self-Released)
A new prog album featuring Dream Theater’s Mike Mangini.
Primal Rite, Dirge of Escapism (Revelation)
This is the band’s debut LP.
Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires EP (Lava)
#42 (from 36)
65,000 copies sold.
#77 (from 152)
Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
#86 (from 86)
On week 20, this gets a 17% boost. It’s also been at #86 the past three weeks.
Corrosion Of Conformity, No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)
#87 (from 70)
A 15% drop.
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#112 (from 97)
A 2% boost.
Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
#143 (from 167)
A 30% boost.
Linkin Park, One More Light Live (Warner Bros.)
#170 (from 139)
An 8% drop.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
A 14% drop.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Murder Of The Universe (ATO)
A small 2% drop.
A 24% drop.