Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
The Tool news cycle over the past 2 to 3 weeks has progressed thusly: Tool’s new album is coming out; Tool’s new album is out; Tool’s new album is great; Tool are going on tour; Tool’s new album might debut at #1 and knock Taylor Swift’s new album down to #2; Taylor Swift fans don’t know who Tool is; Tool’s album is #1. That’s the most varied press Tool have gotten in years.
Yes, Fear Inoculum is #1 on the charts and will likely stick around the Billboard for a while, and I’m happy about that. And yes, it’s pretty cool that it beat out Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Sheryl Crow for the #1 spot. I just have one small request of you all: please don’t go around the Internet (or real life for that matter) and start ripping into Taylor Swift fans. Look, I got a chuckle out of those posts from T-Swift fans freaking about about this old 90’s band called Tool with scary 10 minute songs, and I don’t much care for her or her music. But you don’t need to be a dick to teenage girls or anyone else in Swift’s fanbase. It’s fine if you can’t stand her, her music, or if you just hate pop in general. But people like her music, and it’s okay to just let people like it. Don’t be that metalhead.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
What else is there to say? The album is finally here, it’s great, and it’s #1.
Wage War, Pressure (Fearless)
The band’s third album is its highest charting yet.
Nirvana, Live And Loud (Geffen)
This live album has been released on vinyl and streaming services.
Big Wreck, …but for the sun (Warner Music Canada)
This is the band’s sixth album and the first release after the death of guitarist Brian Doherty.
Tarja, In The Raw (earMUSIC)
This is Tarja’s fifth album not counting her classical and Christmas albums.
Hesitation Wounds, Chicanery (Deathwish Inc.)
This is the second album from the hardcore punk supergroup.
Sons Of Apollo, Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
This is the supergroup’s first live album, which features several covers in addition to original material.
Dance Gavin Dance, Acceptance Speech 2.0 (Rise)
This is a remaster of the band’s 2013 album.
Witch Vomit, Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave (20 Buck Spin)
This is the band’s second album.
Visions Of Atlantis, Wanderers (Napalm)
This is the band’s seventh album, releasing only a year and a half after its predecessor.
Portrayal Of Guilt, Suffering Is A Gift (Closed Casket Activities)
This EP is a follow-up to the band’s debut album from last year.
Entombed A.D., Bowels Of Earth (Century Media)
This is the band’s third album.
Elvenking, Reader of the Runes – Divination (AFM)
This is the Italian band’s tenth album.
Riot V, Live In Japan 2018 (AFM)
This is the band’s first live album under the moniker Riot V and their first live album in 20 years.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#8 (from #9)
Still in the top 10 in week 3.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (Hollywood)
#29 (from 25)
This only dropped 1%.
Killswitch Engage, Atonement (Metal Blade)
#31 (from 13)
A 47% drop.
Skillet, Victorious (Atlantic)
#44 (from 31)
A 29% drop.
Volbeat, Rewind, Replay, Rebound (Republic)
#55 (from 50)
A 19% drop.
Knocked Loose, A Different Shade Of Blue (Pure Noise)
#70 (from 5)
A 91% second week drop.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Infest The Rats’ Nest (Flightless)
#77 (from 58)
A 30% drop.
Breaking Benjamin, Ember (Hollywood)
#86 (from 84)
A 2% drop.
I Prevail, Trauma (Fearless)
#102 (from 185)
This got a big boost of 70%.
After a few big boosts, this drops by 65%.
A 24% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits (Sony Legacy)
#129 (from 150)
A 7% boost.
#135 (from 174)
A 18% boost.
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#149 (from 143)
A 9% drop.
Sacred Reich, Awakening (Metal Blade)
#174 (from 48)
A 70% drop in week two.
Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice For None (Prospect Park)
#192 (from 187)
Just under 200,000 sold.
Def Leppard, The Story So Far: The Best of Def Leppard(UMC)
#193 (from 196)
A 2% boost.
Sabaton, The Great War (Nuclear Blast)
#197 (from 157)
A 20% drop.
Northlane, Alien (UNFD)
This got boosted back up after dropping off last week.
Ceremony, In The Spirit World Now (Relapse)
A drop of 80% in week two.
Russian Circles, Blood Year(Sargent House)
A 4% drop.
A 75% second week drop.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fishing For Fishies(ATO)
A 41% drop.
David Ellefson, Sleeping Giants (EMP)
A big boost back up after dropping off a week ago.
Tomb Mold, Planetary Clairvoyance (20 Buck Spin)
A 50% boost back up.
The Dead Daisies, Locked and Loaded: The Covers Album (Steamhammer)
A 57% drop in week two.
Another album that got boosted back up this week.
Uniform & The Body, Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back(Sacred Bones)
A 32% drop.
Strung Out, Songs of Armor and Devotion (Fat Wreck Chords)
A 33% boost back up.
Abbath, Outstrider (Season Of Mist)
A 76% boost back onto the charts.
Currents, I Let the Devil In (Sharptone)
This came out late last year, but has only just now come across my radar.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
A 8% drop.