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

Another week, another chart! This week features Judas Priest co-founder and former guitarist KK Downing at the top of our debut list. As for the notables, Metallica unsurprisingly remains on top with their Blacklist. Unfortunately, we saw some drop-offs this week including Signs Of The Swarm, Leprous, and Dee Snider, who lasted 8 consecutive weeks on the charts. Next week we get to see the charting success of Trivium, Gus G, and more!


Notable Debuts:

KK’s Priest, Sermons Of The Sinner (EX1)
Debut #11
6,000 sold

KK Downing is killing the charts with his first solo debut. Who needs Judas Priest anyway?





Full Of Hell, Garden Of Burning Apparitions (Relapse Records)
Debut #17
3,750 sold

Frontman Dylan Walker spoke about the lyrical themes of the album as the exploration of  “impermanence and the fear that comes with knowing death is inescapable.”





Ministry, Moral Hygiene (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #24
2,600 sold

Ministry lands in the top 30 for their fifteenth studio album. It’s also their first album to feature bassist Paul D’Amour.





Asking Alexandria, See What’s On The Inside (Better Noise)
Debut #29
2,370 sold

Remember when Asking Alexandria got tossed around by The Ultimate Warrior?





Wage War, Manic (Fearless)
Debut #30
2,200 sold

The fourth studio album from the Florida natives. Why is guac extra?!






Katatonia, Mnemosynean (Peaceville Records)
Debut #118
750 sold

To celebrate their 30 year anniversary, the band released a complication of B-sides and other rarities.





Dying Wish, Fragments Of A Bitter Memory (SharpTone Records)
Debut #119
725 sold

“This is screaming 2007 in the best possible way.” – Michael Pelz on YouTube. The most accurate description I’ve seen.





Vampires Everywhere, The Awakening (Ep) (Cleopatra Records)
Debut #132
650 sold

The Las Vegas horror band is back after a 5-year hiatus.






Enslaved, Caravans To The Outer Worlds (Nuclear Blast)
300 sold

The Norwegian artists drop their four song EP about departing a desolate world and travelling to a new future.






Frontierer, Oxidized (Independent)
300 sold

A ferocious third album from the Scottish mathcore outfit.






Doro, Triumph And Agony Live (Rare Diamonds Productions)
215 sold

To celebrate her 35th anniversary, Doro provides a live collection of songs from performances in Sweden Rock, Graspop, and Norway Rock.






Four Stroke Baron, Classics (Prosthetic Records)
200 sold

Now as a duo, the eccentric Reno natives recruited the prolific and talented mastermind, Devin Townsend to produce and mix the record.






Notable Sales:

Metallica And Various Artists, The Metallica Blacklist (Blackened)
#7 (re-entry)
7,700 sold

The Blacklist features 50+ artists and their renditions of their favorite Black Album tracks. Ghost, Corey Taylor, Weezer?! It all sounds great.





Steely Dan, Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live (Interscope)
#15 (from 11)
4,150 sold

A 23% drop in week two. This is 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.





Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
#17 (from 12)
3,600 sold

Iron Maiden drop 29% in week 5. Did you see this petition to remove an Iron Maiden-loving school principal!?! Outrageous.





Donald Fagen, The Nightfly: Live (Interscope)
#25 (from 21)

The co-founder and lead singer of Steely Dan has his 1982 album The Nightfly released as a live album. This performance is from 2019.





Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#28 (from 25)
2,400 sold

A 13% drop in week 25.






Spiritbox, Eternal Blue (Rise Records)
#40 (from 28)
1,850 sold

Spiritbox drops 29% in week 3 but still made the cover of Revolver.





Tremonti, Marching In Time (Napalm)
#62 (from 10)
1,350 sold

A huge 79% fall for Mark Tremonti’s fifth album. What about that Creed reunion though?





Carcass, Torn Arteries (Nuclear Blast)
#87 (from 66)
950 sold

A 24% drop for their seventh studio album.







Rivers Of Nihil, The Work (Metal Blade Records)
#130 (from 17)
650 sold

The Reading natives drop a massive 81% in week 2.






AC/DC, Power Up  (Columbia)
#143 (from 165)
600 sold

A 20% increase. POWER UP!





Turnstile, Glow On (Roadrunner Records)
#145 (from 80)
575 sold

The Baltimore band’s fourth album drops 43% in week 6.







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

The Melbourne natives drop 38% in week 4.





Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#152 (from 143)
580 sold

WvH rises 1%.





Staind, Live: It’s Been Awhile (BMG)
#165 (from 133)
525 sold

A 14% drop for Aaron Lewis and the gang.





Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight  (Roswell)
#174 (from 192)
475 sold

Foo Fighters “Making a Fire” with a 15% increase.






Badflower, This Is How The World Ends (Big Machine)
#184 (from 23)
450 sold

Their sophomore albums drops a massive 85% in week 2.






Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#198 (from 170)
425 sold

Gojira barely hangs on with a 14% drop.






Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
400 sold

A 13% increase for the Ukrainian metalcore outfit.








Poppy, Flux (Sumerian)
280 sold

An 80%  drop in week 2.








Quicksand, Distant Populations (Epitaph)
250 sold

The NYC post-hardcore outfit’s 4th album drops 54%.






Sleep Token, This Place Will Become Your Tomb (Spinefarm)
220 sold

An 87% drop in week two for Vessel’s’ British collective.






Behemoth, Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic) Re-Release (Metal Blade)
215 sold

Behemoth’s debut album has been reissued in all it’s glory including rare bonus audio material.






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

Their seventh studio album drops 16%.






Unto Others, Strength (Roadrunner)
190 sold

One of the most refreshing albums of 2021 drops 65% in week 2. Check out our Headbangers Brawl about Strength!






Slaughter To Prevail, Kostolom(Sumerian Records)
180 sold

Their second studio album jumps 6% in week 8. Do yourself a favor and taste the brutality here!






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

Salt Lake City’s own Eidola jumps 38% in week 3.







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

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






Darkthrone, Eternal Hails (Peaceville)
125 sold

A 27% drop in week 15 but with almost 6,700 copies sold to date.







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

Sal and the gang drop 58% in week two.







Powerwolf, Call Of The Wild(Napalm Records)
125 sold

Powerwolf re-enters the chart with a  15% rise. ICYMI – Matt Heafy (Trivium) guests on “Fist By Fist”  and kills it.





Cleopatrick, BUMMER (Red Ink)
125 sold
The Canadian hard rock duo manage to land on the charts.






Succumb, XXI (Independent)
115 sold

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