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

Even though Frontiers Records raided the charts last week, only one of their albums remained — Night Ranger! Taking the throne this week was none other than Russia’s own Slaughter To Prevail. Shout out to Alex Terrible for his successful YouTube channel and for bringing back deathcore. Also, I must apologize for last week’s teasing of Anaal Nathrakh. Unfortunately, they never made it on the charts for their Metal Blade re-releases. Good thing next week brings Between the Buried and Me’s highly anticipated Colors II!


Notable Debuts:

Slaughter To Prevail, Kostolom (Sumerian Records)
Debut #22
3,200 sold

The second studio album from Yekaterinburg, Russia. Alex Terrible is killing the game.




Blacktop Mojo, Blacktop Mojo (Sand Hill Records)
Debut #71
1,075 sold

It might be self-titled but it’s the Texas natives 4th studio album.




Caskets, Lost Souls (SharpTone Records)
Debut #101
850 sold

Previously known as Captives, Caskets debut their full-length with great success.




Quicksand, Distant Populations (Epitaph)
Debut #105
800 sold

After their return in 2017, the NYC based band explores themes of isolation and disconnection.




Afterlife, Part Of Me (Hopeless Records)
Debut #120
700 sold

Not a bad debut for a band on a disheartening named label.




Sepultura, SepulQuarta (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #126
650 sold

A live album from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It was recorded over the quarantine.




Destruction, Live Attack (Napalm Records)
375 sold

The German foursome share their live performance from the Z7 venue in Pratteln, Switzerland.





Unreqvited, Beautiful Ghosts (Self-Released)
180 sold

A depressive post-black metal band from Canada. What a description! 鬼 with his sixth studio album.





Burial In The Sky, The Consumed Self (Rising Nemesis Records)
140 sold

With their third album, the Philadelphia based band tackled atmospheric technical death metal.




Notable Sales:

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Butterfly 3000 (KGLW)
#10 (re-entry)
5,700 sold

Somehow the Melbourne natives re-entered the charts and landed at #10. A big jump from their previous position of #147 and 600 sold.



Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#23 (from 23)
3,200 sold

The Michigan natives are consistent as they leave everyone else in “Tears of Rain.”




Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#60 (from 41)
1,200 sold

28% drop for WvH but he still won’t play “Panama.”




Night Ranger, ATBPO (Frontiers)
#91 (from #22)
875 sold

This might be the first Night Ranger album in four years but it still dropped 70% in week two.




Paul McCartney, McCartney III Imagined (Capitol)
#93 (from 66)
875 sold

A 25% drop in week four.




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

The comic book crossover soundtrack finally increases by 14% in week six!




Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#116 (from 86)
750 sold

18% drop for the Seattle veterans…oh well!




AC/DC, Power Up (Columbia)
#131 (from 125)
640 sold

Just a measly 5% drop.




Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#134 (from 163)
625 sold

A refreshing and well needed 14% increase.




Dee Snider, Leave A Scar (Napalm Records)
#140 (from 74)
600 sold

Another 44% drop. This decline might leave a scar..




Seether, Wasteland – The Purgatory Ep (Fantasy Records)
165 (from 104)
500 sold

I love seeing Seether on the charts but I’m not of a fan of the decline. This EP features three new songs and two revisited versions of their single, “Wasteland.”




Various Artists, The Suicide Squad (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Mondo Music)
171 (from #43)
475 sold

A big 71% drop in week two. It might not be the best movie but it was entertaining. Thoughts?




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

5% increase! It must be due to their remastered Black Album and new podcast!




Darkthrone, Eternal Hails (Peaceville)
275 sold

74% drop but considering their fantastic 615% increase last week, all is well in Norway.





Babymetal, 10 Babymetal Years (BMD Fox Records)
275 sold

Babymetal re-enter the charts! But for how long…






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

Yes! The story of a man-eating half-wolf, half-dog hybrid continues to chart! Even if it dropped by 14%..






King Woman, Celestial Blues (Relapse)
240 sold

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





God’s Hate, God’s Hate (Closed Casket Activities)
235 sold

God’s Hate is a hardcore outfit formed by pro wrestler Brody King and Colin Young of Twitching Tongues.






Charlie Benante, Silver Linings (Megaforce)
180 sold

A cover album by the Anthrax kit wizard.





Pupil Slicer, Mirrors(Prosthetic)
150 sold

Pupil Slicer, what a band name..





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

A 76% fall for the Black Sabbath bassist.






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

Smith/Kotzen is cool and all but who’s ready for that new Iron Maiden record?!






Cerebral Rot, Excretion Of Mortality (20 Buck Spin)
115 sold

Ceberal Rot drops 73%. Hopefully, they won’t fall off the charts next week!





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

A small 4% decrease.