Metal By Numbers 4/6: Animals As Leaders have their highest charting debut

Posted by on May 10, 2022

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

Here are the numbers for the March 25th releases.


Notable Debuts:

Animals As Leaders, Parrhesia (Sumerian)
Debut #17
4,025 sold

5th studio album from the instrumental progressive metal unit.







Dream Widow, Dream Widow EP (Roswell)
Debut #21
3,575 sold

Foo Fighters released their horror comedy film, Studio 666, and accompanied it with a death metal EP under the fictional name, Dream Widow.






Abbath, Dread Reaver (Season Of Mist)
Debut #44
1,875 sold

Abbath Doom Occulta drops his third solo record.







Meshuggah, Immutable (Atomic Fire)
Debut #49
1,750 sold

A surprisingly low debut week for the Swede’s ninth studio record. For reference, their 2016 album, The Violent Sleep of Reason, sold 18,075 copies during it’s debut week.






Architects, For Those That Wish To Exist At Abbey Road (Epitaph)
Debut #87
1,025 sold

A live performance of their latest album, recorded at the iconic Abbey Road studios.







Absent In Body, Plague God (Relapse)
Debut #106
875 sold

Debut record from Iggor Cavalera (ex-Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Mathieu Vandekerckhove (Amenra) and Colin H. Van Eeckhout (Amenra).







Michael Romeo, War Of The Worlds, Part 2 (InsideOut)
Debut #113
800 sold

Part two to the Symphony X guitarists’ project.






Soul Glo, Diaspora Problems (Epitaph)
Debut #153
625 sold

Rap-noise rock from Pennsylvania.







Nite, Voices Of The Kronian Moon (Season Of Mist)
325 sold

The sophomore effort from the blackened heavy metal band from San Francisco.








Night Demon, Year Of The Demon (Century Media)
250 sold

Night Demon combines their five standalone 7″ singles from 2020 along with original songs, cover tunes, and previously unheard live recordings.







Ignite, Ignite (Century Media)
200 sold

Orange Countys natives are back to making music after a half a decade of silence.








Killing Joke, Lord Of Chaos (Spinefarm)
200 sold

An EP to follow up their 2015 Pylon record.







Hardcore Superstar, Abrakadabra (Golden Robot Records)
180 sold

The twelfth studio record for the Gothenburg metal outfit.







Notable Sales:

Ghost, Impera (Loma Vista/Concord)
#12 (from 4)
6,050 sold

Ghost drops 44% in week 3. According to Luminate/MRC Data, the Swedish band’s fifth album had the biggest sales week in 2022. This is their fourth top 10 overall album.






Pearl Jam, Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003) Vol. 2 (Epic)
#41 (re-entry)
2,025 sold

Vol.2 of the first official greatest hits record. Compiled with 33 total tracks, including a 2 disc set compilation. Seems people enjoy Vol.2 more than Vol.1.









Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#46 (re-entry)
1,850 sold

The tenth studio album resurfaces! This could be from the unfortunate death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.







Pearl Jam, Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003) Vol. 1 (Epic)
#65 (re-entry)
1,315 sold

Vol.1 of the first official greatest hits record. Compiled with 33 total tracks, including a 2 disc set compilation.







Scorpions, Rock Believer (Spinefarm)
#79 (from 58)
1,115 sold

A 16% drop for the German band’s nineteenth studio album.










KoRn, Requiem (Loma Vista)
#85 (from 67)
1,040 sold

Korn’s fourteenth album drops another 11% in week eight.










Sabaton, The War To End All Wars (Nuclear Blast)
#94 (from 84)
950 sold

The Swedish power metal historians drop only 4%.








Trivium, In The Court Of The Dragon (Roadrunner Records)
#104 (re-entry)
875 sold

Trivium return to the charts! Perhaps it’s due to their tour with Lamb of God, Megadeth, and In Flames!?
Check out frontman Matt Heafy’s new band Ibaraki.






Skillet, Dominion (Atlantic)
#115 (from 57)
800 sold
Skillet drop another 40.

Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#117 (from 77)
800 sold

GVF drop 22% in week 50.








Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators,  4  (Gibson)
#119 (from 71)
775 sold

Slash drops another 27% in week seven.








Blood Incantation, Timewave Zero (Century Media)
775 sold

The Colorado natives return!








Stabbing Westward, Chasing Ghosts (COP International)
#151 (from 29)
625 sold

The Chicago Industrial rock unit drops 68% in week two. It’s their first album since their 2001 self-titled release.








Eddie Vedder, Earthling (Republic)
#166 (from 130)
550 sold

The Pearl Jam frontman’s second solo album falls 18% in week seven. Features appearances from Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Ringo Starr.








Rolo Tomassi, Where Myth Becomes Memory (MNRK)
#167 (re-entry)
550 sold

Brighton/London/New Jersey, progressive metal.








Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood (Fearless Records)
#180 (re-entry)
500 sold

Ice Nine Kills returns to the charts! Over 41,900 copies sold YTD.







Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
#185 (from 165)
475 sold

The mighty Iron Maiden keep falling with a 6% drop. Will they make it next week?
Catch them on tour with Trivium and Within Temptation!







Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#190 (re-entry)
475 sold

WvH makes a return to the charts as well!







Dark Funeral, We Are The Apocalypse (Century Media)
370 sold

The 7th studio album from the Swedes drops 64%.








Bad Omens, The Death Of Peace Of Mind (Sumerian)
300 sold

Another 21% drop for their third album.








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

Just as you thought they were going up, they fall back down another 8%. 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.”
Watch the short film here.







Poppy, Flux (Sumerian)
240 sold

Poppy has a 25% increase this week.








215 sold

ERRA drops a substantial 84%.  This is their deluxe version of their self-titled including 3 new songs and 3 new covers.







Deathspell Omega, The Long Defeat (Independent)
200 sold
French black metal outfit deliver their 8th studio record.







Voivod, Synchro Anarchy (Century Media)
190 sold

A 15% jump for their fifteenth studio album. It’s their nineteenth release overall. Produced and mixed by Francis Perron.








Sleep Token, This Place Will Become Your Tomb (Spinefarm)
190 sold

A return to the charts for Vessel’s’ British collective.







Mouse Rat, The Awesome Album(DualTone/Entertainment 720)
190 sold

Andy Dywer and Mouse Rat jump 9% after their return to the charts.








Saxon, Carpe Diem (Silver Lining)
170 sold

Their twenty-third studio album drops 27% in week eight.








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

The profound and legendary guitarist returns!







Vein.FM, This World Is Going To Ruin You (Closed Casket)
150 sold

Vein is back! Hopefully, they don’t destroy anymore venue gear.








Slaughter To Prevail, Kostolom (Sumerian Records)
140 sold

The Russian group drops another 51%.







HammerFall, Hammer Of Dawn (Napalm)
145 sold

Their twelfth studio effort falls 9 % in week five.







Immolation, Acts Of God (Nuclear Blast)
140 sold

Their eleventh studio album falls 19% in week six. Pure New York death metal.





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