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

This week was dominated by Frontiers Records as they had six albums hitting the charts. Everywhere I look, Frontiers Records. I will forever be haunted. Anyway, we saw some notable albums fall off the charts, including Rise Against, AFI, Fear Factory, and my personal favorite, Light The Torch. Hopefully, they shall return next week. As a fun addition, I included The Suicide Squad’s soundtrack due to it’s impressive chart debut. Stay tuned for next week as we have Anaal Nathrakh, Sepultura, and Slaughter To Prevail joining the show!


Notable Debuts:

Night Ranger, ATBPO (Frontiers)
Debut #22
3,000 sold

The first Night Ranger album in four years.




Various Artists, The Suicide Squad (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Mondo Music)
Debut #43
1,650 sold

An interesting addition to the charts. It exceeded my expectations.




Circus Of Rock, Come One, Come All (Frontiers)
200 sold

Another Frontiers Records release!





Spektra, Overload (Frontiers)
160 sold

A debut album from the Brazilian hard rock scene.




Blood Red Saints, Undisputed (Frontiers)
140 sold

Frontiers music is all over these charts.




Nytt Land, Ritual (Napalm Records)
130 sold

Originally formed as a husband and wife duo, the now three-piece Nordic folk/ambient band drop their first album with Napalm.




Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#23 (from 24)
2,675 sold

The Michigan natives sold the same amount as last week and even rose a chart position.




Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#41 (from 52)
1,700 sold

7% increase for week nine.




Paul McCartney, McCartney III Imagined (Capitol)
#66 (from 23)

1,175 sold

A 58% drop in week three.




Darkthrone, Eternal Hails (Peaceville)
1,100 sold

An awesome 615% increase for the Norwegian duo.




Dee Snider, Leave A Scar (Napalm Records)
#74 (from 19)
1,050 sold

72% drop. Is Dee Snider gonna take it?




Foo Fighters, Dee Gees/Hail Satin – Foo Fighters/Live (RCA)
#85 (from 99)
950 sold

The Foo covers get a 12% increase!




Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#86 (from 83)
925 sold

Back to back chart positions for the veterans. However, this dropped 7%.




Staind, Live: It’s Been Awhile (Yap’em/Alchemy Recordings)
#99 (re-entry)
825 sold

Staind’s live album from Springfield, Massachusetts.





Seether, Wasteland – The Purgatory Ep (Fantasy Records)
104 (from 21)
775 sold

Only approriate for Seether to follow Staind. This EP features three new songs and two revisited versions of their single, “Wasteland.”




Various Artists, Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack (Loma Vista)
#121 (from 82)
675 sold

The comic book crossover soundtrack drops again by 31% in week five.




AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#125 (from 109)
650 sold

AC/DC did not power up this week.




Descendents, 9th and Walnut (Epitaph)
#140 (from 107)
615 sold

24% drop for the Descendents. Songs on this record were originally written between 1977 and 1980 but never were released before.




Geezer Butler, The Very Best Of Geezer Butler (BMG)
600 sold

A nice jump for Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler and his 4 disc set of greatest hits compilations.




King Woman, Celestial Blues (Relapse)
#144 (from #35)
575 sold

Iranian producer and vocalist Kris Esfandiari tells a story about a near death experience she had as a child.




Helloween, Helloween(Nuclear Blast)
#155 (from 95)
550 sold

37% drop but considering their strong performance last week, they’ll be fine.




Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#163 (from 127)
525 sold

17% drop for Gojira’s cultural awareness record.




Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (BMG)
#188 (from 171)
450 sold

10% drop in week 19.




Cerebral Rot, Excretion Of Mortality (20 Buck Spin)
#188 (from 102)
450 sold

Ceberal Rot ties with Evanescence. Oh boy!




Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#192 (from 199)
435 sold

I’m gonna ask again, who’s ready for the remastered Black Album and podcast!?



Paul McCartney, McCartney III(Capitol)
#195 (from 185)
425 sold

Sir James Paul McCartney is about to fall off with his hard 2% drop!




Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Music (Capitol)
#196 (re-entry)
425 sold

The October 2020 compilation resurfaces!




Powerwolf, Call Of The Wild(Napalm Records)
275 sold

20% drop! Where’s the love for a story of a man-eating half-wolf, half-dog hybrid!?




Vader, De Profundis(Nuclear Blast)
200 sold

55% drop. I guess no one longed for the physical 1995 sophomore album.




Hardline, Heart, Mind And Soul(Frontiers)
160 sold (re-entry)
Hardline returns on the chart with their seventh full-length studio album!





Ingested,  The Surreption II (Unique Leader Records)
149 sold

Ingested’s new album falls 71% in week two.




Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Tension Experiment 3 (Inside Out)
140 sold

A 17% increase very small 3% jump for LTE3.




Mayhem, Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando – Ep(Century Media)
140 sold

81% increase for the Nordic black metal cover EP!




Smith/Kotzen, Smith/Kotzen(BMG)
125 sold (re-entry)

They’re back! And with sales too!




Lantlôs, Wildhund(Prophecy)
Debut #118
115 sold

83% drop for their fifth studio album.




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

A 29% decrease.




Long Shadows Dawn, Isle Of Wrath (Frontiers)
115 sold

Annnnd guess what? Another Frontiers release. The final tally on the chart.