Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Godsmack sit in a weird spot in the world of mainstream hard rock/metal in that no one really talks about them. People have all the time in the world to lob a tired Nickelback joke and Five Finger Death Punch always sell a boatload of albums, yet despite their success Godsmack seem like they are neither well loved nor hated; they’re just kind of there. For my part, Faceless was one of my earlier hard rock experiences thanks to “I Stand Alone” being featured in the 2004 video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. So while I can’t say I listen to the band all that much nowadays I do have a small soft spot for their earlier work. However, 36,000 people like Godsmack enough nowadays to propel them into the top 10 once again, so somebody somewhere is talking about them.
Anthrax, Kings Among Scotland (Megaforce)
This is the newest live album from Anthrax, who apparently also decided to pay tribute to Kiss with their album cover.
Ingested, The Level Above Human (Unique Leader)
This is the British band’s fourth studio album.
Riot V, Armor of Light (Nuclear Blast)
This is the sixteenth studio album from Riot and the second under the Riot V moniker.
Skindred, Big Tings (Napalm)
This sold roughly half what 2015’s Volume debuted with.
God Is An Astronaut, Epitaph (Napalm)
This the band’s eighth studio album.
Dead Cross, Dead Cross EP (Ipecac)
Dead Cross’s new EP was one of many surprise releases from the past couple weeks.
Dylan Carlson, Conquistador (Sargent House)
This is a new solo album from the mastermind behind drone metal band Earth.
Homewrecker, Hell Is Here Now (Good Fight)
This is the hardcore band’s third album.
Limbs, Father’s Son (UNFD)
This is the latest release from this post-hardcore act.
Sink The Ship, Persevere (SharpTone)
This is the band’s debut album.
Power Trip, Opening Fire: 2008-2014 (Dark Operative)
This is a compilation album from the much revered Power Trip.
Wolf King, Loyal To The Soil (Prosthetic)
This is the band’s debut album
Nightwish, Decades (Nuclear Blast)
A 12% drop.
Sleep, The Sciences (Third Man)
A 61% drop in week two shouldn’t really harsh anyone’s mellow all that much.
Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)
A 20% drop. Also, Priest played “Tryant” live for the first time in decades.
Stryper, God Damn Evil (Frontiers)
A 81% second week drop. God damn Walmart is more like it, amirite?
Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (Rhino)
An 18% boost.
Three Days Grace, Outsider (RCA)
A 12% drop.
Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
A 9% drop.
From Ashes To New, The Future (Better Noise)
An 87% second week drop.
TesseracT, Sonder (Kscope)
An 88% drop in week two.
Kamelot, The Shadow Theory (Napalm)
A 17% drop.
Dokken, Return To The East Live (2016) (Frontiers)
A 77% drop in week two.
Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
Sales dropped by half.
Turnstile, Time & Space (Roadrunner)
A 25% drop.
Melvins, Pinkus Abortion Technician (Ipecac)
A 78% drop in week two.
Light The Torch, Revival (Nuclear Blast)
A 33% drop.
The Dead Daisies, Burn It Down (Spitfire)
A 45% drop.
Red Sun Rising, Thread (Razor & Tie)
A 33% drop.
Rivers Of Nihil, Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade)
Over 5,000 sold.
Gus G., Fearless (AFM Records)
A 60% drop.