Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
As you’ve no doubt read by now, Jill Janus of Huntress died by suicide last week. I’m only a casual Huntress fan, but reading that headline was enough to elicit a shocked “What?! No way.” from me. Suicide is always a tragic thing, but it’s especially tragic when committed by the young. And make no mistake: at age 43, spearheading a band that hasn’t even been around ten years, Janus was young. This is the part where I tell you that if you have mental health issues don’t be afraid to reach out, but while that’s an important message to communicate an even more important one is to watch out for each other. People with mental illness won’t always reach out, so make sure you reach out to them if you think they’re in trouble. You don’t have to be a knight in shining armor and you don’t have to try and single-handedly “fix them”. Just be there.
Alright, that’s enough of the heavy stuff. Time for some different heavy stuff.
Dave Grohl, Play (Roswell)
Dave Grohl recorded a 23 minute song for a documentary. This is the song in question.
Primal Fear, Apocalypse (Frontiers)
This is the band’s highest charting US debut yet.
Scumfuck and Hollow Prophet, Scumprophet EP (Self Released)
Sometimes, while I’m scrolling through the charts, I have to guess if a band is metal based on their name alone. Some of them are tricky. Others, like Scumfuck and Hollow Prophet, are quite easy to pick out.
Sinsaenum, Repulsion For Humanity (earMUSIC)
This is the second album from the ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison among others.
Night Demon, Live Darkness (Shadow Kingdom)
This is Night Demon’s first live album.
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#60 (from 55)
A 12% drop.
Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista)
#96 (from 71)
A 21% drop.
Dee Snider, For The Love Of Metal (Napalm)
#153 (from 103)
A drop of 30%.
A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant (BMG)
#188 (from 174)
A 8% drop same as last week.
Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP(Republic)
#200 (from 170)
A 20% drop.
Awake At Last, Life/Death/Rebirth(Self-Released)
Another big boost of 60%.
Like A Storm, Catacombs(Century Media)
A huge 120% boost.
Powerwolf, The Sacrament Of Sin (Napalm)
A drop of 16%.
Obscura, Diluvium (Relapse)
A 44% drop.
Michael Romeo, War Of The Words Pt. 1 (Music Theories)
A 49% drop means war.
Power Trip, Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
A 20% drop with over 25,000 sold.
Entheos, Dark Future (Spinefarm)
This pops up again after a 16% boost.
Circle of Dust, Machine of Our Disgrace (FiXT)
A 5% boost brings this up again.
Jungle Rot, Jungle Rot (Victory)
A 40% drop is rotten.