Metal By Numbers 7/7: The beginning of a new era

Posted by on July 7, 2021

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

Hello there! Unfortunately, last week was the final Metal By Numbers entry by longtime contributor Matt Brown. However, he taught me his craft and I’m proud to be amongst his learned flock! As this is my first MBN, please go easy on me if I make any mistakes, for I am a gentle soul. Here we go!



Notable Debuts:

Beartooth, Below (Red Bull Records)
Debut #2
13,700 sold

Beartooth’s fourth studio album all written, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered by frontman Caleb Schoumo.




Light The Torch, You Will Be The Death Of Me (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #28
3,200 sold

Light The Torch might have put out their best album to date. Check out my review here!




Darkthrone, Eternal Hails (Peaceville)
Debut #40
2,500 sold

Eighteenth studio album from Kolboth natives Darkthrone.




Buckcherry, Hellbound (Round Hill Records)
Debut #60
1,884 sold

Buckcherry’s ninth studio album with Marti Frederiksen taking reign on producing.




Dream Theater, Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Images and Words – Live in Japan, 2017(Inside Out Music)
Debut #69
1,694 sold


A must-add piece to a Dream Theater fans collection.



Amenra, De Doorn (Relapse Records)
Debut #84
1500 sold

Amenra’s 21 year career lands them an #84 debut for their seventh studio album, surprisingly not named Mass VII.




Cerebral Rot, Excretion Of Mortality (20 Buck Spin)
Debut #174
590 sold

Cerebral Rot, Seattle’s finest death metal swooping in with their second LP.




Drug Church, Tawny (Pure Noise Records)
980 sold


Los Angeles-based punk-rock with a solid debut.




Fractal Universe, The Impassable Horizon (Metal Blade)
150 sold

The third studio album hailing all the way from France.





Scale The Summit, Subjects (Self-Released)
128 sold

Solid independent debut.





Notable Sales:


Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#25 (from 10)
3450 sold

A 37% drop.




Dance Gavin Dance, Tree City Sessions 2 (Rise Records)
#51 (re-entry)

There’s a reason why Dance Gavin Dance is so popular.





Helloween, Helloween(Nuclear Blast)
#52 (debuted at 35)
2,085 sold

Helloween’s sixteenth studio album still going with only a 22% drop in week two.




Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#77 (from 45)
1,500 sold

A 26% drop.




The Pretty Reckless, Death By Rock And Roll (Fearless Records)
#97 (from 130)
1,272 sold

An impressive 71% increase for their fourth studio album.




Fear Factory, Aggression Continuum(Nuclear Blast)
#109 (debuted at 12)
1,130 sold

Big fall this week from it’s debut with a 78% drop.




Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#110 (from 64)
1,125 sold

A 35% drop.




Rise Against, Nowhere Generation (Loma Vista)
#124 (from 80)

Rise Against falls 23%.




AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#130 (from 73)
913 sold

A 32% drop for the hard rock pioneers.




Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#137 (from 78)

The mighty Gojira drops another 32% this week.




Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (BMG)
#155 (from 130)
716 sold

A small 3% decrease.




Cheap Trick, In Another World (BMG)
680 Sold

Their 20th studio album increases by 58%.




AFI, Bodies(Rise)
#167 (from 88)
675 sold

AFI still going strong all these years with their eleventh studio album.




Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#184 (from 189)

Metallica keeps it up with an 11% increase.




Go Ahead And Die, Go Ahead And Die (Nuclear Blast)
330 sold

A 38% increase in week three for the Cavalera family.





Flotsam And Jetsam, Blood In The Water (AFM)
260 sold

Their fourteenth studio album drops 25% in week four.





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

A substantial 67% boost for the Iron Maiden guitarist.





Perturbator, Lustful Sacraments(Blood Music)
220 sold

A 43% decrease.





Paul Gilbert, Werewolves of Portland(The Players Club)
200 sold

The Mr. Big frontman sold just as much as last week.





Crypta, Echoes Of The Soul(Napalm)
186 sold

A 48% drop in week three.





Fiddlehead, Between The Richness (Run For Cover)
175 sold

A 20% drop.





Burning Witches, The Witch Of The North (Nuclear Blast)
175 sold

A 48% increase.



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