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!
Bullet For My Valentine, Bullet For My Valentine (Spinefarm)
With their seventh release, BFMV prove it’s never too late to drop a self-title record.
Portrayal Of Guilt, Christfucker (Run For Cover)
The abrasively titled second full length album from the hardcore kids in Austin.
Mortiferum, Preserved In Torment (Profound Lore)
Move over Wolves In the Throne Room, fellow Olympia natives released their doom metal masterpiece.
SeeYouSpaceCowboy, The Romance Of Affliction (Pure Noise Records)
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.)
Swedish glam metal with big hooks.
Like Moths To Flames, Pure Like Porcelain (UNFD)
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)
The ninth studio album from Korka, Finland.
Gaahls Wyrd, The Humming Mountain (Season Of Mist)
The black metal band based in Bergen, Norway, formed by the former Gorgoroth and God Seed vocalist Gaahl.
MØL, Diorama (Nuclear Blast)
Their sophomore album provides a great mix of post-black metal and blackgaze. For the fans of Deafheaven.
Mastodon, Hushed And Grim (Reprise Records)
#26 (from 3)
As expected, week two delivers a 78% drop for the mighty Mastodon.
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)
A 13% drop in week 30. Catch them of their 2022 Dreams in Gold tour.
Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
#63 (from 69)
Iron Maiden with no changes in sales but climb seven positions.
Limp Bizkit, Still Sucks (Suretone Records)
#78 (from 31)
Limp Bizkit Still Sucks in week two with a 65% drop.
Jerry Cantrell, Brighten (Jerry Cantrell)
#80 (from 32)
A 55% drop for the Alice In Chains guitarist’s third solo record.
Dropkick Murphys, Turn Up That Dial (Born & Bred)
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)
A 70% drop in week 4.
Every Time I Die, Radical (Epitaph Records)
#90 (from 82)
The Buffalo natives drop 13% in week three. Read my album review here!
Mr. Bungle, The Night They Came Home – Live (IPEC)
The live effort from Mike Patton’s Mr. Bungle returns!
Whitechapel, Kin (Metal Blade Records)
#95 (from 24)
Whitechapel’s 8th studio album decreases by 74%.
Black Veil Brides, The Phantom Tomorrow (Sumerian)
#119 (from 13)
Their sixth studio album drops 86%.
Archspire, Bleed The Future (Season Of Mist)
#141 (from 29)
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)
Spiritbox increases by 17%. They ain’t going away that quickly!
Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#167 (from 147)
Gojira jumped 17% last week but then dropped 17% this week.
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)
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)
The Finnish quintet’s third studio album drops 66%.
Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight (Roswell)
#196 (from 124)
A 52% drop for the Foo Fighters but they are still hanging on.
Monolord, Your Time To Shine (Relapse Records)
Monolord falls 77% in week two.
Dying Wish, Fragments Of A Bitter Memory (SharpTone Records)
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)
A 17% drop in week 6 for the profound and legendary guitarist.
John 5 & The Creatures, Sinner (Big Machine)
John 5’s solo album drops 77%. Will he make the charts next week?!
Ad Infinitum, Chapter II – Legacy (Napalm Records)
A 49% drop for Ad Infinitum’s sophomore release.
Vildhjarta, Måsstaden Under Vatten (Century Media)
The Swede’s drop 17% after their triumphed return.
Alien Weaponry, Tangaroa (Napalm Records)
A nice 36% jump for their second studio album. Keep climbing boys!
Quicksand, Distant Populations (Epitaph)
The NYC post-hardcore outfit’s 4th album falls an expected 47%.
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.”
It still drops 24%.
Be’lakor, Coherence (Napalm Records)
An 81% drop. This Australian band’s name originates from the character Be’lakor the Dark Master from the Warhammer Fantasy game setting.
Their sixth studio album makes a resurgence on the charts but for how long…
Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
A 39% drop for Ukrainian metalcore outfit. Check out their new video for “Disclosure!”
Armored Saint, Symbol Of Salvation Live (Metal Blade Records)
The live 30th anniversary album drops 37% in week three.
Wolves In The Throne Room, Primordial Arcana(Relapse Records)
Fun fact, 2/3 of the members are brothers. The more you know…!
U.D.O. Game Over(AFM Records)
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)
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.