Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Well, we knew this might happen. Inevitably, when an artist dies, their sales increase. Old fans that grew up on a band’s music pick up the album that meant so much to them that they might have only had on CD or cassette.Others find listening to an artist’s music is the best way to mourn them. Either way, last week’s sad suicide of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington found their albums returning to the chart, with One More Light, just nine weeks old, becoming the #2 most-sold album in the country, kept only from the top by their former Collision Course EP-mate Jay Z. Meanwhile, Canadian post-hardcore/emo band Silverstein had a great debut week.
This is the band’s fifth album since 2011, but the band continue to sell well, so maybe look for another one next year.
If you like hearing bands you don’t know covering pop songs you don’t like, you’re one of the many that picked this one up. Then again, maybe Amity Affliction covering The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face” is good? (OK, they’re one of the few bands we do know).
The metalcore band’s first record for Spinefarm is a concept album.
Boris, Dear (Sargent House)
This is the Japanese band’s follow-up to the three full length albums they put out in 2015. But hey, Tool, do whatever you want.
That’s a pretty modest debut for such a crushing album. W’ere going to be seeing this one on a lot of year-end top ten lists, we’re thinking.
Cr0 Mags founder John Joseph’s hardcore supergroup (feat. former members of Queens of the Stone Age and Danzig) has a pretty solid first week.
What do you get when you combine members of Exhumed, Repulsion, Intronaut and Lightning Swords of Death? over 300 of you found out.
A two-disc compilation album to celebrate the German power metal band’s 25th anniversary, this also contains five new songs. Seems like there wasn’t too much of an appetite for it here though.
Linkin Park, One More Light (Warner Bros.)
#2 (from 65)
A 730% increase from last week, and that’s with only three days of sales after Bennington’s death.
This continues to drop in it’s fifth week, having sold 72,000 copies so far.
#37 (from 21)
Dropping 34% from last week, this has sold about 41,000 in three weeks.
#55 (from 43)
The annual Warped Tour comp has sold about 13,000 so far, which isn’t band for a comp that pretty much only sells while the tour’s happening,
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#111 (from 127)
This album gets an impressive 25% boost, made more impressive when you factor in that it’s been on the charts for 37 weeks and has sold about 85,000 so far.
Rise Against, Wolves
#135 (from 98)
This continues to drop, and is down another 22% in it’s 6th week.
Seether, Poison The Parish (Canine Riot)
#122 (from 135)
This gets a boost in it’s 10th week, likely from Chicago Open Air. It’s sold 50,000
Skillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#174 (from 156)
This album has been on the charts for nearly a year.
The Acacia Strain, Gravebloom (Rise)
#176 (from 118)
Still hanging in there in it’s third week.
Incubus, 8 (Island)
#187 (from 170)
This sells about the same as last week. The band’s tour with Jimmy Eat World is likely helping.
Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#190 (from 168)
This also sells similar to last week.
Hundredth, Rare (Hopeless Records)
This nearly doubles in sales from last week.
Decapitated, Anticult (Nuclear Blast)
The band’s seventh album falls 77% in it’s second week, but their tour and the critical acclaim should keep it top of mind.
These guys keep putting out albums, and their heavy psych/folk is wildly entertaining. Their third album this year drops 28% in it’s fourth week.
This has sold 6,900 copies in four weeks.
A 77% week two drop. The band’s in the middle of a tour in support of this album that’s going to last for a few more months though.
This sells about the same as it did last week in it’s third week.
This has sold close to 6,000 albums in it’s three weeks on the chart.
This technical death metal band’s seventh album falls a bit in it’s third week.
A 30% drop in week four isn’t band, but it’s some vengeful descension.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
The band’s first 2017 album has a 64% gain. It’s been out for five months.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity (ATO)
Another boost for a 2017 album from the Australian weirdos.
Alestorm, No Grave But The Sea (Napalm)
This increases in sales. And Ales. Thanks Warped tour!
Knocked Loose, Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)
Another band to benefit from Warped, this has sold 10,ooo.
Righteous Vendetta, Cursed
A 10% drop.