Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
A day late, but here we are! Dream Theater battled it out with Every Time I Die for the highest debut this week. Amazing albums from both bands, especially the Buffalo die-hards. Dropping hard this week was Ice Nine Kills but after the debut they had, they were bound to fall. For comparison sake, Gojira’s Fortitude debuted with 24,100 sold and Welcome to Horrorwood debuted with 18,100 sold. That’s shocking and impressive. Although, no one recently has touched Iron Maiden’s 61,400 debut for Senjutsu. Enjoy the charts!
Dream Theater, A View From The Top Of The World (Inside Out)
The 15th studio album by the prog giants and their first to be recorded at their own studio, DTHQ.
Every Time I Die, Radical (Epitaph Records)
GIVE MY LOVE TO BUFFALO, BUFFALO!
An amazing record from the Buffalo die-hards. Read my review here!
Starset, Horizons(Fearless Records)
The Starset Society releases their 4th studio album. The public outreach initiative has been a success.
Cradle Of Filth, Existence Is Futile (Nuclear Blast)
Fine British black metal with their 13th studio album. This releases features new keyboardist and backing vocalist Anabelle Iratni.
Armored Saint, Symbol Of Salvation Live (Metal Blade Records)
Armored Saint celebrates their 30th anniversary with a live album.
Sixx:A.M., Sixx:A.M. Hits (Better Noise)
Can’t Swim, Change Of Plans (Pure Noise)
Another band from New Jersey. We’re killin’ it.
1914, Where Fear And Weapons Meet (Napalm)
The Ukrainian blackened death metal band tell the gruesome tales of World War I.
Massacre, Resurgence(Nuclear Blast)
The fourth album from the Floridan death metal act.
Circa Survive, A Dream About Love (Rise Records)
A new EP from a band filled with former members from Saosin, This Day Forward, and Taken.
Waking The Cadaver, Authority Through Intimidation (Unique Leader Records)
Straight from New Jersey, Walking the Cadaver returns from hiatus with their fourth studio album.
Necrofier, Prophecies Of Eternal Darkness (Season Of Mist Underground Activists)
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Necrofier brings you black metal.
Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
#53 (from 37)
Iron Maiden drops 15% in week 8. Which disc do you like more?
Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#66 (from 45)
A 19% drop in week 28. This album “explores the human experience, and how religion and war affect it.”
Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood (Fearless Records)
#75 (from 4)
A massive 93% drop for the horror themed band.
Spiritbox, Eternal Blue (Rise Records)
#86 (from 128)
The Canadian Spiritbox jumps 67% in week 6. Roughly 26,400 albums sold in six weeks, not bad.
Steely Dan, Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live (Interscope)
#103 (from 78)
A 14% drop in week five. These are the first Steely Dan albums without founding member Walter Becker who passed away back in 2017.
Judas Priest, Reflections – 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music (Columbia)
#110 (from 28)
A 67% drop for the legacy act. This is a new collection of 16 tracks including remastered recordings and 7 previously unreleased live cuts.
Metallica And Various Artists, The Metallica Blacklist (Blackened)
#135 (from 127)
The Blacklist jumps 6% in week five. Half the proceeds for this album go to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, and the other half are donated to a charity of that the cover artist’s choice.
Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight (Roswell)
#146 (from 138)
A 4% rise for the Foo Fighters but they did drop 8 chart positions.
Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#148 (from 185)
Gojira continues their trajectory with a 33% increase! Maybe their new music video for “Sphinx” did the trick!
Donald Fagen, The Nightfly: Live (Interscope)
#165 (from 140)
A 5% drop. This is a live performance from 2019.
KK’s Priest, Sermons Of The Sinner (EX1)
#169 (from 88)
A 44% drop in week 4 for the profound and legendary guitarist.
Asking Alexandria, See What’s On The Inside (Better Noise)
A 94% rise and re-entry for the British metalcore act. Quite a comeback.
Thrice, Horizons/East (Epitaph)
#196 (from 91)
A 75% drop in week four for Thrice.
Seether, Vicennial – 2 Decades Of Seether (Craft)
#199 (from 86)
The compilation album drops an expected 54%.
Seether, Wasteland – The Purgatory Ep (Fantasy Records)
Seether’s EP returns! Could their new Vicennial compilation be the reason?
Gemini Syndrome, 3rd Degree – The Raising (Century Media)
A 56% drop for their third album.
Tom Morello, The Atlas Underground Fire ( Mom + Pop Music)
A 73% drop in week two. It’s the second collaboration album by the Rage Against the Machine guitarist. Guest appearances include Bring Me the Horizon, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and more.
Knocked Loose, A Tear In The Fabric Of Life (Pure Noise)
Knocked Loose’s EP drops 70% drop in week three. A big change from last week.
Melvins, Five Legged Dog (Ipecac Recordings)
A 70% drop for their 25th album and first acoustic album.
Twelve Foot Ninja, Vengeance(Volkanik Music)
Twelve Foot Ninja are finally back after five long years but drop 77% in week 2.
Full Of Hell, Garden Of Burning Apparitions (Relapse Records)
A 21% drop in week four. 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.”
Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
A 13% increase for the Ukrainian metalcore outfit. Unfortunately, the Jinjer camp is having a COVID outbreak on tour.
Mouse Rat, The Awesome Album (DualTone/Entertainment 720)
Mouse Rat is climbs the charts with a 56% increase.
Dug Pinnick, Joy Bomb (Rat Pak)
A big 85% drop in week two. This is the new solo album for the bassist, songwriter, and co-lead vocalist of King X.
Fuckin Whatever, Fuckin Whatever (Born Losers Records)
An even 59% drop for the new collaboration between Anthony Green (Circa Survive, Saosin), Adam Lazzara (Taking Back Sunday), and John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday, Straylight Run).
Alien Weaponry, Tangaroa (Napalm Records)
A 9% jump for their second studio album.
Aeon, God Ends Here (Metal Blade Records)
A 77% drop for their 5th studio record.
ERRA, ERRA (UNFD)
ERRA stays alive with a 3% increase. Check out “Vanish Canvas” with Spiritbox’s Courtney LaPlante!
Rivers Of Nihil, The Work (Metal Blade Records)
The Reading natives drop another 44% in week 5. “YOUR JOB”
Eclipse, Wired (Frontiers)
A 37% drop for the Swedish quartet and their ninth studio record.
Quicksand, Distant Populations (Epitaph)
The NYC post-hardcore outfit’s 4th album drops 21%. About 2,400 sold to date.
Badflower, This Is How The World Ends (Big Machine)
Their sophomore albums has a small 2% increase in week 5. Their streak still lives! I don’t know about that steak though..