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!
KK’s Priest, Sermons Of The Sinner (EX1)
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)
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)
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)
Remember when Asking Alexandria got tossed around by The Ultimate Warrior?
Wage War, Manic (Fearless)
The fourth studio album from the Florida natives. Why is guac extra?!
Katatonia, Mnemosynean (Peaceville Records)
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)
“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)
The Las Vegas horror band is back after a 5-year hiatus.
Enslaved, Caravans To The Outer Worlds (Nuclear Blast)
The Norwegian artists drop their four song EP about departing a desolate world and travelling to a new future.
Frontierer, Oxidized (Independent)
A ferocious third album from the Scottish mathcore outfit.
Doro, Triumph And Agony Live (Rare Diamonds Productions)
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)
Now as a duo, the eccentric Reno natives recruited the prolific and talented mastermind, Devin Townsend to produce and mix the record.
Metallica And Various Artists, The Metallica Blacklist (Blackened)
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)
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)
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)
A 13% drop in week 25.
Spiritbox, Eternal Blue (Rise Records)
#40 (from 28)
Spiritbox drops 29% in week 3 but still made the cover of Revolver.
Tremonti, Marching In Time (Napalm)
#62 (from 10)
A huge 79% fall for Mark Tremonti’s fifth album. What about that Creed reunion though?
Carcass, Torn Arteries (Nuclear Blast)
#87 (from 66)
A 24% drop for their seventh studio album.
Rivers Of Nihil, The Work (Metal Blade Records)
#130 (from 17)
The Reading natives drop a massive 81% in week 2.
Turnstile, Glow On (Roadrunner Records)
#145 (from 80)
The Baltimore band’s fourth album drops 43% in week 6.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Butterfly 3000 (KGLW)
#151 (from 89)
The Melbourne natives drop 38% in week 4.
Staind, Live: It’s Been Awhile (BMG)
#165 (from 133)
A 14% drop for Aaron Lewis and the gang.
Badflower, This Is How The World Ends (Big Machine)
#184 (from 23)
Their sophomore albums drops a massive 85% in week 2.
Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#198 (from 170)
Gojira barely hangs on with a 14% drop.
Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
A 13% increase for the Ukrainian metalcore outfit.
Poppy, Flux (Sumerian)
An 80% drop in week 2.
Quicksand, Distant Populations (Epitaph)
The NYC post-hardcore outfit’s 4th album drops 54%.
Sleep Token, This Place Will Become Your Tomb (Spinefarm)
An 87% drop in week two for Vessel’s’ British collective.
Behemoth, Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic) Re-Release (Metal Blade)
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)
Their seventh studio album drops 16%.
Unto Others, Strength (Roadrunner)
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)
Their second studio album jumps 6% in week 8. Do yourself a favor and taste the brutality here!
Eidola, The Architect (Blue Swan/Rise)
Salt Lake City’s own Eidola jumps 38% in week 3.
Orbit Culture, Shaman EP (Seek & Strike)
A sharp 5 song EP by the Sweden-based band. Check out their latest studio record Nija too!
A Pale Horse Named Death, Infernum In Terra (Long Branch Records/SPV)
Sal and the gang drop 58% in week two.
Powerwolf, Call Of The Wild(Napalm Records)
Powerwolf re-enters the chart with a 15% rise. ICYMI – Matt Heafy (Trivium) guests on “Fist By Fist” and kills it.
Succumb, XXI (Independent)
Death metal from San Francisco. Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden.