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

Last week, we saw the impact of Record Store Day and how valuable it is to the industry. Due to all the special releases, we saw several albums get pushed off the charts. However, most reappeared this week, such as Evanescence, Buckcherry, Helloween, etc. Sadly, we did not see the return of At The Gates. Claiming the #1 spot is Paul McCartney, which shouldn’t be a surprise. 79 years old and still crushing!


Notable Debuts:

Paul McCartney, McCartney III Imagined (Capitol)
Debut #1
20,675 sold

This is a remix of the former Beatle’s 18th solo album, McCartney III. It features guest appearances from St. Vincent, Josh Homme, and even Idris Elba.




Descendents, 9th and Walnut (Epitaph)
Debut #9
6,550 sold

Descendents are keeping punk alive with their eighth studio album. Songs on this record were originally written between 1977 and 1980 but never were released before.




Yngwie Malmsteen, Parabellum (Music Theories)
Debut #45
1,675 sold

The Swedish guitar virtuoso debuted at #45 with his 22nd studio album.





Dream Theater – Lost Not Forgotten Archives: A Dramatic Tour of Events Select Board Mixes (InsideOut)
Debut #62
1,250 sold

This is the second release as part of the ‘Lost Not Forgotten Archives.’ It was initially a holiday fan club release, but it’s now available in 2CD/3LP and digital formats.




Capstan – Separate (Fearless)
Debut #136
650 sold





Lacuna Coil, Live From The Apocalypse (Century Media)
Debut #166
525 sold

Filmed at Alcatraz Club in Milan, Italy, back in September of 2020.





Tantric, Sum Of All Things (City Lights)
Debut #187
450 sold

The veteran post-grunge act is back with their eighth studio album.





Brojob, The Heaviest Album Of All Time (Self-Released)
225 sold

BROJOB! One of the funniest deathcore bands around. The lyrics are elegant to say the least.





Sleep Waker, Alias (UNFD)
175 sold

The Michigan-based band share their label debut with Alias.





Lee Aaron, Radio On! (Metalville)
150 sold

Lee Aaron returns with her fourth album in five years.






Notable Sales:

Foo Fighters, Dee Gees/Hail Satan – Foo Fighters/Live (RCA)
#23 (from 2)
2,650 sold

An 82% drop in week two but that’s expected to happen when you almost sell 15,000 copies debut week.





Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#25 (from 46)
2,500 sold

Another solid week as they increase another 14%.





Various Artists, Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack (Loma Vista)
#48 (from 20)
1,475 sold

After having a big week, the comic book crossover soundtrack drops 62% in week three.





Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#51 (from 76)
1,400 sold

Did you know?! The single, “Distance,” spent two weeks atop the Mainstream Rock Airplay in February-March 2021!?




Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#64 (from 91)
1,150 sold

Chart position rose but the copies dropped by 16%, but hey, they have two records on the charts!





Powerwolf, Call Of The Wild (Napalm Records)
#92 (from 37)
875 sold

66% drop for the story of a man-eating half-wolf, half-dog hybrid.





Buckcherry, Hellbound (Round Hill Records)
#117 (re-entry)
725 sold

Another re-entry for Buckcherry. Last seen at #164.





Paul McCartney, McCartney III (Capitol)
#122 (re-entry)
700 sold

Just like Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney is on the charts twice for almost the same album.





Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#129 (from 151)
675 sold

Gojira climb the charts but still have a 27% drop in sales.





AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#137 (from 172)
650 sold

AC/DC will never fall off the charts! They will last “Through the Mists of Time”….





King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Butterfly 3000 (KGLW)
600 sold

The Melbourne natives are all over the charts the past weeks with several releases. Produced and mixed by Stu Mackenzie, the Butterfly 3000 originally dropped June 11th.




Times of Grace, Songs Of Loss And Separation (Wicked Good)
#154 (from 35)
550 sold

The KSE duo’s return drops by a massive 77% in week two. The album is great and you should read my review!




Beartooth, Below (Red Bull Records)
#165 (re-entry)
425 sold

Beartooth re-enters the charts. Previously at #164.





Rise Against, Nowhere Generation (Loma Vista)
#179 (re-entry)
475 sold

The Chicago natives are back on the charts. Last checked in at #135 for their June release.





AFI, Bodies (Rise)
#184 (from 135)
475 sold

After remerging on the charts, AFI drops 53%.





Evanescence, The Bitter Truth (BMG)
#191 (re-entry)
450 sold

Don’t worry Henry, Evanescence is back on the charts! I guess someone brought them to life?





Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction, Vol. 2 (Prospect Park)
#193 (e-entry)
450 sold

FFDP return but are barely hanging on. Previously left at #182.





Helloween, Helloween(Nuclear Blast)
#199 (re-entry)
400 sold

Another band gets back on the charts. Too bad they couldn’t sell 666 copies again.




Darkthrone, Eternal Hails (Peaceville)
275 sold

Another 16% drop for week four.





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

82% decrease for the Nordic black metal cover EP.





Light The Torch, You Will Be The Death Of Me (Nuclear Blast)
125 sold

I guess this is the “End of the World” for Light the Torch. I might be a bit dramatic..





Alustrium, A Monument To Silence (Unique Leader)
115 sold

Fresh death metal from the streets of Philadelphia.





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

A 55% drop.




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

This weeks features a 36% fall for LTE3.





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

Apparently Babymetal will disappear?! Hopefully, it’s not from their 59% drop in sales.





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

21% fall for week 18.





Amenra, De Doorn (Relapse Records)
100 sold

Amenra returns to the chart! Last registered with 140 copies sold.




Ghostemane, ANTI-ICON (Blackmage)
95 sold
Ghostemane has appeared once again! Originally released in October 2020.