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.
Notable Debuts:
Steven Wilson, The Future Bites (Caroline)
Debut #7
6,025 sold
Steven Wilson’s sixth album sold lower but charted higher than his previous album.
Accept, Too Mean To Die (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #12
4,825 sold
Accept’s sixteenth studio album charted high, sold lower than its 2017 predecessor.
Portrayal of Guilt, We Are Always Alone (Closed Casket)
Debut #50
1,400 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Tribulation, When The Gloom Becomes Sound (Century Media)
Debut #54
1,350 sold
The band’s fifth album is the band’s highest charting yet.
The Body, I’ve Seen All I Need To See (Thrill Jockey)
Debut #71
970 sold
This is the band’s eighth non-collaborative studio album.
Soen, Imperial (Silver Lining Music)
Debut #79
910 sold
This is the band’s fifth album marks their best debut yet.
Annisokay, Aurora (Arising Empire)
250 sold
This is the band’s fifth album.
Werewolves,What A Time To Be Alive (Prosthetic)
240 sold
 This is the band’s second album.
Eximperitus, Šahrartu(Willowtip)
110 sold
This is the band’s second album. Their full name is Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum.
Notable Sales:
AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#19 (from 14)
3,025 sold
A 19% drop.
Bring Me The Horizon, POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR (Sony)
#62 (from 12)
1,200 sold
A 72% drop after last week’s boost.
The Dead Daisies, Holy Ground(SPV)
#73 (from 28)
960 sold
This is the supergroup’s fifth studio album.
Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Music (Capitol)
#86 (from 72)
850 sold
A 26% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2 (Prospect Park)
#92 (from 128)
760 sold
A 14% boost.
Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#105 (from 81)
720 sold
A 29% drop.
Wardruna, Kvitravn (By Norse Music)
#115 (from 9)
660 sold
A second week 86% drop.
Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Lockdown 2020(Mailboat)
#116 (from 118)
660 sold
A 8% drop.
Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
#117 (from 79)
650 sold
A 35% drop with just under 80,000 sold.
Clutch, The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol 1. (Weathermaker)
#119 (re-entry)
630 sold
This got boosted up by 256%, making an appearance for the first time since December.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#132 (from 138)
580 sold
A 8% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#163 (from 172)
440 sold
A 14% drop.
Marilyn Manson, We Are Chaos (Loma Vista)
#177 (re-entry)
390 sold
A 12% boost. No such thing as bad press, huh?
Queen + Adam Lambert, Live Around The World(Hollywood)
#182 (re-entry)
380 sold
This is back on the charts despite a 8% drop.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Infest The Rats’ Nest (Flightless)
#184 (re-entry)
380 sold
A 50% boost brings this album back up after a long absence.
Killer Be Killed, Reluctant Hero (Nuclear Blast)
#199 (re-entry)
350 sold
A 28% boost back up.
Poppy, I Disagree (Sumerian)
320 sold
A whopping 402% boost back up.
Nervosa, Perpetual Chaos (Napalm)
320 sold
A 69% drop in week two.
Asphyx, Necroceros (Century Media)
270 sold
A 67% drop.
Frozen Soul, Crypt of Ice (Century Media)
260 sold
This gets a 70% boost in week two.
W.E.T., Retransmission(Transmission)
250 sold
A 77% drop in week two.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
190 sold
A 16% drop.
Armored Saint, Punching The Sky(Sony)
190 sold
A 1% drop.
Hum, Inlet(Earth Analog)
160 sold
A 27% drop.
Gatecreeper, An Unexpected Reality(Closed Casket Activities)
150 sold
A 79% drop.
Therion, Leviathan(Nuclear Blast)
140 sold
A 72% drop in week two.
Nothing, The Great Dismal (Relapse)
130 sold
This sold about the same as last week.
Thornhill, The Dark Pool (UNFD)
130 sold
This popped up after releasing nearly a year and half ago.
John Petrucci, Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind)
120 sold
A 53% drop.
Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle, The Helm of Sorrow (Sacred Bones)
120 sold
A 26% drop.
Ghostemane, ANTI-ICON (Blackmage)
100 sold
This has popped up again.