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

Gojira is one of the biggest acts in metal today and their new album was highly anticipated. That said, I’m not sure people expected the band to chart at number one based on pure album sales. More people bought this album over new releases from Grateful Dead, Manchester Orchestra, DJ Khaled, and Thomas Rhett to name a few. That’s pretty damn cool.


Notable Debuts:

Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
Debut #1
24,100 sold

Gojira scored their highest charting album yet in the US.





Royal Blood, Typhoons (Imperial Galactic/Warner Records)
Debut #7
11,300 sold

This is the band’s third album.





Dropkick Murphys, Turn Up That Dial (Born & Bred)
Debut #8
10,825 sold

This is the band’s tenth studio album.





Tetrarch, Unstable (Napalm)
Debut #65
1,450 sold

This is the band’s second album and first to release on a major label.





Evile, Hell Unleashed (Napalm)
Debut #78
1,150 sold

Evile’s fifth album is its first in eight years.





Vreid, Wild North West (Season Of Mist)
370 sold

This is the band’s ninth album.










Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#13 (from #4)
6,125 sold

A 29% week drop.





Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (BMG)
#56 (from 40)
1,625 sold

A 13% drop.





Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight (Roswell)
#60 (from 44)
1,550 sold

A 4% drop.





AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#72 (from 65)
1,300 sold

A 6% boost.





Cannibal Corpse, Violence Unimagined (Metal Blade)
#75 (from 39)
1,200 sold

A 37% drop.





Chris Cornell, No One Sings Like You Anymore, Vol. 1 (UMe)
#100 (from 73)
870 sold

A 19% drop.





Rob Zombie, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast)
#107 (from 76)
840 sold

A 20% drop.





Chevelle, NIRATIAS (Epic)
#108 (from 108)
830 sold

An 11% boost keeps this in the same chart position.





Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Tension Experiment 3 (Inside Out)
#113 (from 54)
810 sold

A 44% drop.





The Pretty Reckless, Death By Rock And Roll (Fearless Records)
#133 (from 106)
630 sold

A 17% drop.





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2 (Prospect Park)
#135 (from 114)
630 sold

A 9% drop.





Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2 (Blackened)
#139 (from 146)
600 sold

A 12% boost.





Serj Tankian, Elasticity (Alchemy Recordings/BMG)
#143 (re-entry)
580 sold

This gets boosted back up after dropping off a month ago.





Alice Cooper, Detroit Stories(earMUSIC)
#145 (from 116)
570 sold

A 16% drop.






Amigo The Devil, Born Against (Ingrooves)
#150 (from 164)
560 sold

A 14% boost.





Godspeed You! Black Emperor, G_d’s Pee at State’s End(Constellation)
#164 (from 121)
510 sold

A 18% drop.





Underoath, Observatory Vinyl Box Set (Tooth & Nail)
#174 (re-entry)
480 sold

This has popped up yet again.





Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
#175 (from 149)
470 sold

A 10% drop.






Brand Of Sacrifice, Lifeblood (Blood Blast)
#183 (re-entry)
440 sold

A 164% boost up onto the Top Current albums.





Smith/Kotzen, Smith/Kotzen(BMG)
280 sold

A 27% drop.






The End Machine, Phase2 (Frontiers)
220 sold

A 40% drop.






Bewitcher, Cursed Be Thy Kingdom (Century Media)
200 sold

A 93% boost back up.






Blood From The Soul, DSM-5 (Deathwish Inc.)
190 sold

This band features members of Napalm Death, Sick of it All, and Converge.






The Armed, Ultrapop (Sargent House)
180 sold

A 52% drop.






U.D.O., Live in Bulgaria 2020 – Pandemic Survival Show (AFM)
180 sold

This came out back in February.






Zao, The Crimson Corridor(Observed/Observer)
160 sold

A 16% drop.






Poppy, I Disagree(Sumerian)
160 sold

A 3% boost.






Kauan, Ice Fleet (Artoffact)
160 sold

A 9% drop.






Spectral Wound, Diabolic Thirst(Profound Lore)
150 sold

A 20% boost.






Epica, Omega (Nuclear Blast)
140 sold

A 31% boost.






Hail The Sun, New Age Filth (Equal Vision)
140 sold

A 39% drop.






Primal Fear, I Will Be Gone(Nuclear Blast)
130 sold

A 13% boost.






Undeath, Lesions Of A Different Kind (Prosthetic)
130 sold

A huge 430% boost back up.






The Dead Daisies, Holy Ground (SPV)
120 sold

A 6% boost.






Seventh Day Slumber, Unseen: The Lion and the Lamb (Nashville)
110 sold

A 396% boost up.






While She Sleeps, Sleeps Society (Spinefarm)
100 sold

A 40% drop.