Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Readers and friends, I regret to inform you that today’s edition of Metal By Numbers will be my last. After 9 years of pouring over the charts every week, the time has come for me to move on. I did not make this decision lightly and its hard for me to give up something that has been a fixture of my weekly life for so long, but it had to be done. I’m spinning a lot of plates at the moment, and I decided that I had to put one of them down and, unfortunately, MBN was the one that had to go.
But there is good news. First, I’m not leaving Metal Insider entirely. I’ll still chime in on “Headbanger’s Brawl” and contribute when I’m able and when the end of the year comes around I’ll share my favorite albums. Secondly, MBN is not going away. Instead, I’ll be passing the baton to Chris Annunziata. Be patient with Chris as he takes up the column: it’s a time consuming process and it takes a while to get used to how everything works.
Thanks so much for reading, letting me know when I missed a band, and letting me get up on my soapbox every now and again on this little corner of the heavy metal Internet. I’ll see you around.
Fear Factory, Aggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast)
Fear Factory’s tenth album is its first in 6 years. It charted higher than the previous album.
Helloween, Helloween (Nuclear Blast)
This is the band’s sixteenth studio album and first in six years.
Heavy Temple, Lupi Amoris (Magnetic Eye)
This the band’s debut album.
Alustrium, A Monument To Silence (Unique Leader)
I saw this band play as a local opener for Revocation and The Faceless back in 2011, so it’s cool to see them on the charts.
Chalice of Sin, Chalice of Sin (Frontiers)
This is a new project led by Wade Black (Crimson Glory, Seven Witches)
Witch Vomit, Abhorrent Rapture (20 Buck Spin)
This EP is a followup to the band’s 2019 full length.
Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#45 (from #62)
A tiny 1% drop.
Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#64 (from 108)
A 11% boost.
AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#73 (from 121)
A 3% boost.
Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#78 (from 101)
A 16% drop.
Rise Against, Nowhere Generation (Loma Vista)
#80 (from 92)
A 41% drop.
KISS, KISS Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 (UMe)
#84 (from 19)
A 84% drop in week two.
#88 (from 24)
I missed this last week. It debuted at #24 with over 5,000 sold.
Rage Against The Machine, The Battle of Mexico City(Sony)
#108 (from 10)
This Record Store Day rerelease debuted last week
The Pretty Reckless, Death By Rock And Roll (Fearless Records)
#130 (from 197)
A 15% boost.
Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (BMG)
#130 (from 168)
A 20% drop.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, L.W.(KGLW)
#135 (from 156)
A 32% drop.
Royal Blood, Typhoons (Imperial Galactic/Warner Records)
#149 (from 188)
A 7% boost.
Red Fang, Arrows(Relapse)
#164 (from 183)
A 27% drop.
Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
A 11% boost back.
Rob Zombie, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast)
A 9% boost back up.
Chevelle, NIRATIAS (Epic)
Back on the charts despite a 8% drop.
Perturbator, Lustful Sacraments(Blood Music)
A 480% boost back up.
Crypta, Echoes Of The Soul(Napalm)
A 71% drop in week two.
Flotsam And Jetsam, Blood In The Water (AFM)
A 44% drop.
Go Ahead And Die, Go Ahead And Die (Nuclear Blast)
A 78% drop in week two.
Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle, The Helm of Sorrow(Sacred Bones)
This gets boosted back up for the first time since May by 480%.
Fiddlehead, Between The Richness (Run For Cover)
A 48% drop.
Paul Gilbert, Werewolves of Portland(The Players Club)
A 69% drop.
Goblin, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1979-2001)(AMS)
A 61% drop.
Neon Christ, 1984 (Southern Lord)
A 83% drop.
Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Tension Experiment 3 (Inside Out)
A 38% drop.
A 3% boost.
Poppy, I Disagree(Sumerian)
A 37% drop.
The Dead Daisies, Holy Ground (SPV)
A 37% boost.
Epica, Omega (Nuclear Blast)
A 28% boost back up.
Burning Witches, The Witch Of The North (Nuclear Blast)
A 52% drop.