Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
The last chart of 2021! It’s crazy how quickly this year flew by. Since taking over Metal By Numbers in July, it’s been a fun and consuming experience. Hopefully, 2022 will bring higher charting numbers for the metal bands we know and love. Volbeat tops this week’s charts with their Tobias/David Cross-looking album art. Enjoy the charts and I’ll see you in 2022!
Volbeat, Servant Of The Mind (Republic Records)
Eighth studio album produced by Jacob Hansen, Michael Poulsen, Rob Caggiano.
Of Mice & Men, Echo (SharpTone Records)
Their seventh studio album does not have a strong debut week.
A five-CD box set that includes all their albums from their early years.
Genocide Pact, Genocide Pact (Relapse Records)
A gut-wrenching death metal album from Washington, D.C.
The Browning, End Of Existence (Spinefarm Records)
Missouri electronicore dropping their 5th studio album.
Tom Morello, The Atlas Underground Fire (Mom + Pop Music)
Another 12-track record from the Rage Against the Machine guitarist. This collaboration includes Nathaniel Rateliff, Jim James, IDLES, Ben Harper, Alex Lifeson, Kirk Hammett, X Ambassadors, Barns Courtney, Manchester Orchestra, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and more.
Eyes Set To Kill, Damna (Revival)
Wolftooth, Blood & Iron (Napalm Records)
Feel good heavy metal from Indiana. Recorded, mixed and mastered by longtime producer Jeremy Lovins.
Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood (Fearless Records)
#32 (from 142)
Ice Nine Kills has a real nice week with a 295% jump. Perhaps their tour with Bad Omens, Currents, and Fame On Fire is helping sales?
Black Label Society, Doom Crew Inc. (Spinefarm)
#39 (from 25)
Zakk Wylde and friends drop 58% in week two.
Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#43 (from 70)
The Michigan based band continue their excel on the chart with a 29% increase for week 34. Catch them of their 2022 Dreams in Gold tour.
Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
#82 (from 94)
Now Iron Maiden jump their chart position but sold the same amount as last week. Catch them on tour with Trivium and Within Temptation!
Mastodon, Hushed And Grim (Reprise Records)
#95 (from 86)
Mastodon falls 19% in week five. Catch them on tour with Opeth and Zeal & Ardor!
King Crimson, Music is Our Friend: Live In Washington and Albany (GDM)
“An official bootleg featuring all of King Crimson’s stunning final performance in North America at Washington DC in September, 2021 plus four pieces from KC’s intimate ‘Friends and Family’ first concert of the tour’s second leg in Albany.” – If you’re a King Crimson fan, check this out.
Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#112 (from 118)
The Foo’s drop 8% but shouldn’t be worried considering their last week jump. Check them out on their North American tour.
Deep Purple, Turning To Crime (earMUSIC)
#122 (from 45)
The iconic progressive unit and their 22nd studio album drop 68% in week two.
Exodus, Persona Non Grata(Nuclear Blast)
#146 (from 104)
A 40% drop in week three for their eleventh studio album. Written over the pandemic, this is only the second album to feature Steve “Zetro” Souza since his 2014 return.
Black Veil Brides, The Phantom Tomorrow (Sumerian)
Their sixth studio album returns to the charts with a 65% increase.
Steely Dan, Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live (Interscope)
#189 (from 195)
A 2% decrease in week eleven. These are the first Steely Dan albums without founding member Walter Becker who passed away back in 2017.
Hypocrisy, Worship (Nuclear Blast)
The 13th studio album falls 33%.
Cynic, Ascension Codes (Season Of Mist)
A 53% drop in week two. It’s Cynic’s fourth studio album and first to not feature late drummer Sean Reinert.
Archspire, Bleed The Future (Season Of Mist)
A 25% increase in week 6. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero.
KK’s Priest, Sermons Of The Sinner (EX1)
A 3% increase for the profound and legendary guitarist.
Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
A 2% jump for Ukrainian metalcore outfit. Check out their new video for “Disclosure!”
An unfortunate 87% drop for the amazing collaboration between the Light The Torch frontman, Howard Jones, and YouTube personality and skillful musician, Jared Dines.
Light The Torch, You Will Be The Death Of Me (Nuclear Blast)
A 56% decrease after their long awaited return to the charts. This has to be from Howard Jones’ new SION album!
Smith/Kotzen, Better Days EP (BMG)
88% drop. Another EP in support of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event.
Obscura, AValediction (Nuclear Blast)
A 36% drop in week three. Grab their cloudy yellow orange vinyl.
Khemmis, Deceiver (Nuclear Blast)
The fourth studio album falls 35% in week three.
Wolves In The Throne Room, Primordial Arcana(Relapse Records)
A 17% decrease. No love for Olympia metal.
Tom Morello, The Atlas Underground Fire ( Mom + Pop Music)
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.
All Hail The Yeti, Within The Hollow Earth (Minus Head Records)
7-track EP with an interesting concept.