Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Steven Wilson’s new album was supposed to come out last June, but the pandemic messed that plan up, and I was left with a gaping hole where a new album from Mr. Wilson should have filled it. But it’s here now, and while plenty of people will decry it as a non-metal release, I don’t really care. It’s great and Steven Wilson will always have a place on this column.
Another interesting tidbit from this week: country artist Morgan Wallen is number one on the charts. If you don’t know who that is, I don’t blame you because I didn’t know who he was until a week ago when he was caught on video drunkenly calling someone the n-word. The fallout was swift: radio stations stopped playing him and his label and distributor have suspended him indefinitely. And his fans responded by…buying and streaming his music as a show of support? Well, that just goes to show that 1) country music (still) has a racism problem and 2) cancel culture is not real.
Steven Wilson, The Future Bites (Caroline)
Steven Wilson’s sixth album sold lower but charted higher than his previous album.
Accept, Too Mean To Die (Nuclear Blast)
Accept’s sixteenth studio album charted high, sold lower than its 2017 predecessor.
Portrayal of Guilt, We Are Always Alone (Closed Casket)
This is the band’s second album.
Tribulation, When The Gloom Becomes Sound (Century Media)
The band’s fifth album is the band’s highest charting yet.
The Body, I’ve Seen All I Need To See (Thrill Jockey)
This is the band’s eighth non-collaborative studio album.
Soen, Imperial (Silver Lining Music)
This is the band’s fifth album marks their best debut yet.
Annisokay, Aurora (Arising Empire)
This is the band’s fifth album.
AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#19 (from 14)
A 19% drop.
Bring Me The Horizon, POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR (Sony)
#62 (from 12)
A 72% drop after last week’s boost.
Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Music (Capitol)
#86 (from 72)
A 26% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2 (Prospect Park)
#92 (from 128)
A 14% boost.
A 29% drop.
Wardruna, Kvitravn (By Norse Music)
#115 (from 9)
A second week 86% drop.
Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Lockdown 2020(Mailboat)
#116 (from 118)
A 8% drop.
Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
#117 (from 79)
A 35% drop with just under 80,000 sold.
Clutch, The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol 1. (Weathermaker)
This got boosted up by 256%, making an appearance for the first time since December.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#132 (from 138)
#132 (from 138)
A 8% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#163 (from 172)
A 14% drop.
Marilyn Manson, We Are Chaos (Loma Vista)
A 12% boost. No such thing as bad press, huh?
Queen + Adam Lambert, Live Around The World(Hollywood)
This is back on the charts despite a 8% drop.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Infest The Rats’ Nest (Flightless)
A 50% boost brings this album back up after a long absence.
Killer Be Killed, Reluctant Hero (Nuclear Blast)
A 28% boost back up.
Poppy, I Disagree (Sumerian)
A whopping 402% boost back up.
Nervosa, Perpetual Chaos (Napalm)
A 69% drop in week two.
Asphyx, Necroceros (Century Media)
A 67% drop.
Frozen Soul, Crypt of Ice (Century Media)
This gets a 70% boost in week two.
A 77% drop in week two.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
A 16% drop.
Armored Saint, Punching The Sky(Sony)
A 1% drop.
Hum, Inlet(Earth Analog)
A 27% drop.
Gatecreeper, An Unexpected Reality(Closed Casket Activities)
A 79% drop.
Therion, Leviathan(Nuclear Blast)
A 72% drop in week two.
Nothing, The Great Dismal (Relapse)
This sold about the same as last week.
Thornhill, The Dark Pool (UNFD)
This popped up after releasing nearly a year and half ago.
John Petrucci, Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind)
A 53% drop.
Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle, The Helm of Sorrow (Sacred Bones)
A 26% drop.
This has popped up again.