Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Mastodon absolutely crushed the charts with their eight studio album. Fun fact, this was the first time since 2002’s Remission where Scott Kelly of Neurosis didn’t guest on a track. Also making a surprised impact was Black Veil Brides and their sixth studio album. The charts were favorable for most bands as they saw their albums rise by roughly 10-20%. Returning this week was AC/DC, Vildhjarta, LTE and more!
Mastodon, Hushed And Grim (Reprise Records)
The mighty Mastodon have returned with their most ambitious album to date, or so frontman Troy Sanders claims.
Black Veil Brides, The Phantom Tomorrow(Sumerian)
The sixth studio album continuing with the rock opera concept and theme.
Whitechapel, Kin (Metal Blade Records)
Whitechapel drop their 8th studio album and continue to evolve their sound.
Archspire, Bleed The Future (Season Of Mist)
Their fourth album might be their fastest album yet. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero.
Limp Bizkit, Still Sucks(Suretone Records)
A Halloween surprise album from everyone’s favorite nü-metal act, Limp Bizkit.
Jerry Cantrell, Brighten (Jerry Cantrell)
The third solo album from the Alice In Chains guitarist.
Monolord, Your Time To Shine (Relapse Records)
Monolord makes an impressive release for their fifth album.
Bad Wolves, Dear Monsters (Better Noise Music)
Bad Wolves leave Tommy Vext behind and release their third record with new member Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (ex-The Acacia Strain).
John 5 & The Creatures, Sinner (Big Machine)
The new solo studio album from the guitar virtuoso.
Beast In Black, Dark Connection (Nuclear Blast)
The Finnish quintet put forth their third studio album filled with power metal riffage.
The first ever career spanning collection of their loudest songs. We Are Motörhead.
Be’lakor, Coherence (Napalm Records)
An Australian melodic death metal whose name originates from the character Be’lakor the Dark Master from the Warhammer Fantasy game setting.
War Of Ages, Rhema(Facedown Records)
A 4-song EP that Available now as a single-sided special edition vinyl with etched B-side.
Ad Infinitum, Chapter II – Legacy (Napalm Records)
Swiss symphonic power metallers get darker and heavier on their sophomore release.
First Fragment, Gloire Eternelle (Unique Leader)
The ambitious conceptual album from the Quebec metal scene.
Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood (Fearless Records)
#28 (from 75)
They might have dropped 93% last week but they made up for it with their 220% increase. What is going on!?
The 15th studio album understandably drops 81% in week two.
Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#56 (from 66)
A 33% increase in week 29 coinciding with their 2022 Dreams in Gold announcement.
Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
#69 (from 53)
Iron Maiden continues their decline with a 9% drop. I’m surprised how fast they’re falling in only week 9.
Every Time I Die, Radical (Epitaph Records)
#82 (from 7)
The Buffalo natives drop 88% in week two but the album still rips. Read my review here!
Rivers Of Nihil, The Work (Metal Blade Records)
The Reading natives climb a massive 599% 6. MORE?!
Cradle Of Filth, Existence Is Futile (Nuclear Blast)
#108 (from 24)
The British black metal icons drop 76% in week two. This releases features new keyboardist and backing vocalist Anabelle Iratni.
Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight (Roswell)
#124 (from 146)
A 34% rise for the Foo Fighters.
Sixx:A.M., Sixx:A.M. Hits (Better Noise)
#144 (from 102)
A 30% drop in week two for the Mötley Crüe bassist’s side project.
Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#146 (from 148)
Gojira jumps a nice 17%. Do yourself a favor and check out “Sphinx”.
Steely Dan, Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live (Interscope)
#150 (from 103)
A 22% drop in week six. These are the first Steely Dan albums without founding member Walter Becker who passed away back in 2017.
Starset, Horizons(Fearless Records)
#183 (from 23)
The Starset Society and their 4th album drop 86% in week 2. The public outreach initiative was a success.
Spiritbox, Eternal Blue (Rise Records)
#191 (from 86)
Vancouver’s Spiritbox drop an unfortunate 49% in week 7.
Judas Priest, Reflections – 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music (Columbia)
#193 (from 110)
A 35% drop for the legacy act. This is a new collection of 16 tracks including remastered recordings and 7 previously unreleased live cuts.
KK’s Priest, Sermons Of The Sinner (EX1)
A 15% drop in week 5 for the profound and legendary guitarist.
Quicksand, Distant Populations (Epitaph)
The NYC post-hardcore outfit’s 4th album jumps a shocking 241%.
Sentinels, Collapse By Design (SharpTone)
Straight from New Jersey Sentinels drops their crushing debut album.
Vildhjarta, Måsstaden Under Vatten (Century Media)
Hudiksvall, Sweden’s favorite band returns to the charts with their second studio album.
Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
A 36% increase for the Ukrainian metalcore outfit.
Worm, Foreverglade (20 Buck Spin)
Brewing from the swamps of Florida, we have a 6 track onslaught of death metal.
Knocked Loose, A Tear In The Fabric Of Life (Pure Noise)
Knocked Loose’s EP focuses on “a story about extreme grief and the levels a person is willing to go through to get rid of it.”
Armored Saint, Symbol Of Salvation Live (Metal Blade Records)
The live 30th anniversary album drops 77% in week two.
Ghost Bath, Self Loather (Nuclear Blast)
The third in a trilogy of records from the depressive black metal outfit.
Tom Morello, The Atlas Underground Fire ( Mom + Pop Music)
A 37% drop in week three. 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.
Full Of Hell, Garden Of Burning Apparitions (Relapse Records)
A 22% drop in week five. 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.”
Twelve Foot Ninja, Vengeance(Volkanik Music)
Twelve Foot Ninja are finally back after five long years but drop 28% in week 3.
Alien Weaponry, Tangaroa (Napalm Records)
A 5% jump for their second studio album.
Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Tension Experiment 3 (Inside Out)
LTE return to the charts with a 33% increase!
Wolves In The Throne Room, Primordial Arcana (Relapse Records)
The Washington favorites return to the charts!
Gemini Syndrome, 3rd Degree – The Raising (Century Media)
An unfortunate 64% drop for their third album.
Melvins, Five Legged Dog (Ipecac Recordings)
A 51% drop for their 25th album and first acoustic album.
Dying Wish, Fragments Of A Bitter Memory (SharpTone Records)
Another band returning to the charts! “This is screaming 2007 in the best possible way.” – Michael Pelz on YouTube. The most accurate description I’ve seen.
Creeping Death, The Edge Of Existence (eOne Music)
Texas’ favorite death metal band has returned to the charts with their 6 song EP.