Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.

Metal By Numbers is back! My apologies for my absence but I recently got married and went ahead and explored Spain! I saw all of Gaudí’s glory but I wasn’t able to catch a metal show overseas. The real bummer was missing DVNE by only a couple of days. Oh well! Now I’m back with Mark Tremonti topping the charts. This week had other stellar releases in Rivers of Nihil, Unto Others, Sleep Token, and more. Enjoy!


Notable Debuts:

Tremonti, Marching In Time (Napalm)
Debut #10
6,450 sold

Mark Tremonti drops his fifth solo studio album but people still ask about a Creed reunion..





Steely Dan, Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live (Interscope)
Debut #11

Part one of the two piece live set. These are the first Steely Dan albums without founding member Walter Becker who passed away back in 2017.





Rivers Of Nihil, The Work (Metal Blade Records)
Debut #17
3,500 sold

The Pennsylvanian natives drop a fantastic record supported by a killer tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, After the Burial, and Carnifex.





Badflower – This Is How The World Ends (Big Machine)
Debut #23
3,100 sold

Badflower drops their sophomore record with critical acclaim.





Sleep Token, This Place Will Become Your Tomb (Spinefarm)
Debut #48
1,650 sold

“The members of Sleep Token are a masked, anonymous collective of musicians said to be united in their worship of an ancient deity identified as ‘Sleep’, who appeared to the band’s lead singer, ‘Vessel’, in a dream” – Interesting!





Poppy, Flux (Sumerian)
Debut #60
1,375 sold

Poppy might not be joining Deftones and Gojira on their tour but she still dropped her album.





Orbit Culture, Shaman EP (Seek & Strike)
Debut #100
850 sold

A sharp 5 song EP by the Sweden-based band. Check out their latest studio record Nija too!





Signs Of The Swarm, Absolvere (Unique Leader Records)
Debut #135
600 sold

Pennsylvania delivers us another deathcore outfit in the image of Signs Of The Swarm.





Unto Others, Strength (Roadrunner)
Debut #153
550 sold

One of the most refreshing albums of 2021. Check out our Headbangers Brawl about Strength!





We Butter The Bread With Butter, Das Album (AFM)
350 sold

One of the most interesting band names out there. I highly recommend checking out “Hypa Hypa” for your first taste.






A Pale Horse Named Death, Infernum In Terra (Long Branch Records/SPV)
300 sold

Sal and the gang keep pushing forward with their fourth studio album.






Succumb, XXI (Independent)
260 sold

Death metal from San Francisco. Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden.






Cognizance, Upheaval (Prosthetic Records)
225 sold

Based in Leeds U.K, the death metal trio recruited renown producer Fredrik Nordstrom to mix and master.






Grinder Blues – El Dos (Metalville)
140 sold

“Legendary King’s X frontman dUg Pinnick joins forces with EMMY Award winning blues rockers The Bihlman Bros. for a musical pilgrimage called Grinder Blues.” – Love it.





Notable Sales:

Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
#12 (from 9)
5,150 sold

Iron Maiden’s seventeenth studio album keeps selling but what will they do about this petition to remove an Iron Maiden-loving school principal!?!





Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#25 (from 23)
2,800 sold

Are Greta Van Fleet the key to saving rock n’ roll?! Some seem to think so..





Spiritbox, Eternal Blue (Rise Records)
#28 (from 3)
2,600 sold

Spiritbox is a band that took the pandemic by the horns and swung all the momentum in their favor. They have blossomed into one of the biggest current bands.





Carcass, Torn Arteries (Nuclear Blast)
#66 (from 15)
1,275 sold

It only took eight years to release the record. Was it worth the wait?





Turnstile, Glow On (Roadrunner Records)
#80 (from 89)
1,050 sold

The Baltimore band’s fourth album jumps 9 spots in week 5.





King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Butterfly 3000 (KGLW)
#89 (from 39)
900 sold

The Melbourne natives land at #89 three weeks after returning to the charts.





Staind, Live: It’s Been Awhile (BMG)
#133 (re-entry)
600 sold

It’s been awhile since Staind has been on the charts..





Quicksand, Distant Populations (Epitaph)
#139 (re-entry)
550 sold

The NYC post-hardcore outfit return with their 4th album totaling about 1,650 copies.





Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#143 (from 116)
550 sold

WvH continues it’s fall down the charts but still sold a total of 55,700 records to date.






AC/DC, Power Up  (Columbia)
#165 (from 156)
500 sold

A 10% decrease.






Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#170 (re-entry)
450 sold

Gojira returns to the charts with their indigenous metal record!






Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#189 (from 182)
440 sold

An 8% increase and roughly 135,000 copies sold to date. YEAAAH!





Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#192 (from 147)
430 sold

A 27% drop! The lowest position they’ve been with this album. Do they stay alive next week!?






Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
350 sold

A 64% drop off for the Ukrainian metalcore outfit.






Wolves In The Throne Room, Primordial Arcana(Relapse Records)
250 sold

The seventh studio album rises 16%. What more can you ask for?






Leprous, Aphelion (InsideOutMusic)
200 sold

The seventh studio album from the Notodden natives. Get your prog rock here!






Insomnium, Agent Moon EP (Century Media)
180 sold

Something new from the softer side of Insomnium. Check out our interview with bassist/vocalist Niilo Sevänen!





Slaughter To Prevail, Kostolom(Sumerian Records)
170 sold

Their second studio album drops another 27% in week seven. Do yourself a favor and taste the brutality here!





Darkthrone, Eternal Hails (Peaceville)
170 sold

A small 2% rise in week 14.





The Plot In You, Swan Song (Fearless)
170 sold

Formed in Ohio 2010, the band’s fifth studio album drops 67%.






Jonny Craig, The Places We’ll Never Be (Indepenent)
170 sold

The former Dance Gavin Dance singer’s solo record drops 42%.






Wraith, Undo The Chains (Independent)
150 sold

Indiana’s favorite death-thrash metal band dropped a new record. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by CJ Rayson.





Aborted, Maniacult (Nuclear Blast)
140 sold

The 11-track effort drops 70% in week three.







Eidola, The Architect (Blue Swan/Rise)
120 sold

Salt Lake City’s own Eidola drops a hard 94% in week 2.







110 sold

ERRA dropped their amazing self-titled record March 19th and now dropped a new version of “Vanish Canvas” with Spiritbox’s Courtney LaPlante. Check it out!!






Dee Snider, Leave A Scar (Napalm Records)
110 sold

This might be the last week for Dee Snider’s consistent chart appearance. HE’S NOT GOING TO TAKE IT!