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

Charts are here and on time! Compared to last week, this week’s numbers were underwhelming. Last week, Mastodon topped our charts with 17,600 sold but this week Bullet For My Valentine only managed 6,000 copies. Even though Evanescence kicked off their tour with Halestorm, we did not see The Bitter Truth return to the charts, sorry Henry. Also, a special shoutout to user MMMetal for catching my U.D.O. oversight. Unfortunately, we saw two great albums fall off the charts, Trivium’s In The Court Of The Dragon and Rivers Of Nihil’s The Work. Enjoy the numbers!


Notable Debuts:


Bullet For My Valentine, Bullet For My Valentine (Spinefarm)
Debut #14
6,000 sold

With their seventh release, BFMV prove it’s never too late to drop a self-title record.






Portrayal Of Guilt, Christfucker (Run For Cover)
Debut #60
1,600 sold

The abrasively titled second full length album from the hardcore kids in Austin.







Mortiferum, Preserved In Torment (Profound Lore)
Debut #76
1,450 sold

Move over Wolves In the Throne Room, fellow Olympia natives released their doom metal masterpiece.






SeeYouSpaceCowboy, The Romance Of Affliction (Pure Noise Records)
Debut #86
1,100 sold

The band’s second full-length album. They’ve come a long way from their DIY basement show days.







Crazy Lixx, Street Lethal (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)
Debut #117
850 sold

Swedish glam metal with big hooks.







Like Moths To Flames, Pure Like Porcelain (UNFD)
Debut #192
500 sold

Their fifth EP is a “small taste of where we could possibly go next as a band” – guitarist Zach Pishey says.







Omnium Gatherum, Origin (Century Media)
250 sold

The ninth studio album from Korka, Finland.







Gaahls Wyrd, The Humming Mountain (Season Of Mist)
200 sold

The black metal band based in Bergen, Norway, formed by the former Gorgoroth and God Seed vocalist Gaahl.







MØL, Diorama (Nuclear Blast)
150 sold

Their sophomore album provides a great mix of post-black metal and blackgaze. For the fans of Deafheaven.






Notable Sales:


Mastodon, Hushed And Grim (Reprise Records)
#26 (from 3)
4,000 sold

As expected, week two delivers a 78% drop for the mighty Mastodon.







Dream Theater, A View From The Top Of The World (Inside Out)
#55 (from 42)
1,700 sold

The 15th studio album drops another 25% in week three.






Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#59 (from 56)
1,600 sold

A 13% drop in week 30. Catch them of their 2022 Dreams in Gold tour.







Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
#63 (from 69)
1,525 sold

Iron Maiden with no changes in sales but climb seven positions.







Limp Bizkit, Still Sucks (Suretone Records)
#78 (from 31)
1,200 sold

Limp Bizkit Still Sucks in week two with a 65% drop.







Jerry Cantrell, Brighten (Jerry Cantrell)
#80 (from 32)
1,200 sold

A 55% drop for the Alice In Chains guitarist’s third solo record.






Dropkick Murphys, Turn Up That Dial (Born & Bred)
#82 (re-entry)
1,150 sold

Dropkick Murphys return to the charts. Roughly 19,900 copies sold to date.







Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood (Fearless Records)
#84 (from 28)
1,100 sold

A 70% drop in week 4.







Every Time I Die, Radical (Epitaph Records)
#90 (from 82)
1,100 sold

The Buffalo natives drop 13% in week three. Read my album review here!







Mr. Bungle, The Night They Came Home – Live (IPEC)
#91 (re-entry)
1,100 sold

The live effort from Mike Patton’s Mr. Bungle returns!







Whitechapel, Kin (Metal Blade Records)
#95 (from 24)
1,050 sold

Whitechapel’s 8th studio album decreases by 74%.







Mouse Rat, The Awesome Album (DualTone/Entertainment 720)
#103 (from 17)
950 sold

Mouse Rat sees an 81% decrease after their returning week.







Black Veil Brides, The Phantom Tomorrow (Sumerian)
#119 (from 13)
825 sold

Their sixth studio album drops 86%.







Archspire, Bleed The Future (Season Of Mist)
#141 (from 29)
675 sold

Not only is this their fastest album yet, it rapidly fell 82% in week 2. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero.







Spiritbox, Eternal Blue (Rise Records)
#154 (from 191)
625 sold

Spiritbox increases by 17%. They ain’t going away that quickly!







Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#167 (from 147)
550 sold

Gojira jumped 17% last week but then dropped 17% this week.







Motörhead, Everything Louder Forever – The Very BestOf (BMG)
#175 (from 71)
550 sold

A 62% fall. This is their first ever career spanning collection of their loudest songs. We Are Motörhead.







Steely Dan, Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live (Interscope)
#180 (from 150)
525 sold

A 24% drop in week seven. These are the first Steely Dan albums without founding member Walter Becker who passed away back in 2017.







Beast In Black, Dark Connection (Nuclear Blast)
#182 (from 65)
525 sold

The Finnish quintet’s third studio album drops 66%.







Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight  (Roswell)
#196 (from 124)
475 sold

A 52% drop for the Foo Fighters but they are still hanging on.







Monolord, Your Time To Shine (Relapse Records)
450 sold

Monolord falls 77% in week two.







Dying Wish, Fragments Of A Bitter Memory (SharpTone Records)
450 sold

A 208% increase! “This is screaming 2007 in the best possible way.” – Michael Pelz on YouTube. The most accurate description I’ve seen.








KK’s Priest, Sermons Of The Sinner (EX1)
375 sold

A 17% drop in week 6 for the profound and legendary guitarist.








John 5 & The Creatures, Sinner (Big Machine)
350 sold

John 5’s solo album drops 77%. Will he make the charts next week?!








Ad Infinitum, Chapter II – Legacy (Napalm Records)
300 sold

A 49% drop for Ad Infinitum’s sophomore release.







Vildhjarta, Måsstaden Under Vatten (Century Media)
250 sold

The Swede’s drop 17% after their triumphed return.







Alien Weaponry, Tangaroa (Napalm Records)
225 sold

A nice 36% jump for their second studio album. Keep climbing boys!







Quicksand, Distant Populations (Epitaph)
225 sold

The NYC post-hardcore outfit’s 4th album falls an expected 47%.








Knocked Loose, A Tear In The Fabric Of Life (Pure Noise)
200 sold

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.”
It still drops 24%.








Be’lakor, Coherence (Napalm Records)
200 sold

An 81% drop. This Australian band’s name originates from the character Be’lakor the Dark Master from the Warhammer Fantasy game setting.








The Bronx, Bronx VI (Cooking Vinyl)
200 sold

Their sixth studio album makes a resurgence on the charts but for how long…








Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
175 sold

A 39% drop for Ukrainian metalcore outfit. Check out their new video for “Disclosure!









Armored Saint, Symbol Of Salvation Live (Metal Blade Records)
150 sold

The live 30th anniversary album drops 37% in week three.









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

Fun fact, 2/3 of the members are brothers. The more you know…!







U.D.O. Game Over(AFM Records)
150 sold

Udo Dirkschneider (ex-Accept) and co drop their seventieth new album. Past weeks recap: Debut week sold 925 copies, last week it sold 240 copies and now it dropped off 38% with 150 copies sold.







Tom Morello, The Atlas Underground Fire ( Mom + Pop Music)
130 sold

A 48% drop in week four. 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.