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Back in August of last year, I was curious to see how album sales were doing in the metal genre, so I dug up some numbers found on Metal Injection’s site. Not surprising was that Metallica topped the list, but surprisingly, they were on the list five times. Those numbers were current back in last July, but upon looking at the final numbers for 2017, Metallica still boasts of five of the top ten sellers.

Linkin Park’s One More Light holds at number two unsurprisingly, considering the immense support from metal/hard rock fans in light of Chester Bennington’s death. And despite the relative, luke-warm reception for the Foo Fighters’ latest studio effort, Concrete and Gold‘s sales are hardly anything to scoff at with over 200,000 sales.

Rounding out the top five is Metallica’s Master of Puppets, widely and accurately depicted as the gold standard of heavy metal. The band released the remastered version of the album  this year which I felt was unnecessary considering the already solid production, but Hetfield’s voice actually seems a bit clearer on the remaster. According to some rumors I’ve heard, Metallica is getting ready for the overhaul of the …And Justice for All and Metallica studio albums. I absolutely love Justice, despite its horrendous bass mixing and muddied drums, so color me excited for that remaster. We’ll keep you up-to-date on that development.

Here’s a copy of Metal Insider’s list:

  1. Metallica – Hardwired…to Self-Destruct (585,000)
  2. Linkin Park – One More Light (258,200)
  3. Metallica – Metallica (215,750)
  4. Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold (212,750)
  5. Metallica – Master of Puppets (154,750)
  6. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (141,000)
  7. Metallica – …And Justice for All (123,350)
  8. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains (123,250)
  9. Metallica – Ride the Lightning (117,600)
  10. Guns N’ Roses – Greatest Hits (115,150)

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Near the bottom of the list at #19 is Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand with 85,000 album sales. Interestingly enough, Mastodon is the newest band to make the top twenty list put out by Metal Insider. Mastodon formed in 2000, so they’re not exactly new anymore.

What’s painfully obvious for the metal genre is that some new artists are needed. For the most part, I feel like there are some newer, strong bands currently putting out good work. Ghost’s MelioraKobra and the Lotus’s Prevail ILich King’s The OmniclasmWarbringer’s Woe to the Vanquished, and Kyng’s Breathe in the Water are all impressive albums that we’ve tried to help gain traction at E.D. Maybe one day these artists will get the recognition we feel that they deserve.