Metal By Numbers 9/17: Iron Maiden crushes the charts

Posted by on September 17, 2021

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

My apologies with the late Metal By Numbers! Life got the best of me but here we are! With no surprised, Iron Maiden absolutely crushed the charts with their seventeenth studio album. We here at Metal Insider had a fun Headbangers Brawl about the new record, which you can view here. Other than Iron Maiden, there weren’t as many impactful debuts this week. Next week should be fun with Metallica’s remastered Black Album, as well as new Andrew W.K and Aborted. Enjoy!


Notable Debuts:

Iron Maiden, Senjutsu (Parlophone Records)
Debut #1
61,400 sold

Crazy debut for Iron Maiden’s seventeenth studio album. Again, this shouldn’t really be a surprised, right?



Carnifex, Graveside Confessions (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #29
2,200 sold

Carnifex making deathcore relevant again with their eighth studio album.




The Night Flight Orchestra, Aeromantic II (Nuclear Blast)
375 sold

The side project from Soilwork masterminds, Björn Strid and David Andersson. They already have six albums out!




Auri, II – Those We Don´t Speak Of(Nuclear Blast)
360 sold

A solid effort from our Finnish friends, who also happen to be in Nightwish.




Portrait, At One With None (Metal Blade Records)
240 sold

The Swedish heavy metal outfit with their sophomore record.




Meadows, In Those Days & Also After Pt. III (Facedown Records)
180 sold

The third installment in the Meadows EP series.




Tuesday The Sky, The Blurred Horizon (Metal Blade)
150 sold

An amazing instrumental album from the Fate Warning guitarist, Jim Matheos.




Notable Sales:

Greta Van Fleet, The Battle At Garden’s Gate (Lava/Republic Records)
#14 (from 16)
3,800 sold

2% decrease but they rose two chart positions.




Turnstile, Glow On (Roadrunner Records)
#27 (from 8)
2,275 sold

As expected, week two brings an 80% drop. Regardless, it had an incredible debut for the Baltimore band’s fourth album.




Jinjer, Wallflowers (Napalm)
#64 (from 14)
1,250 sold

A 74% drop off for the Ukrainian metalcore outfit.




Mammoth WvH, Mammoth WvH (Ex1)
#83 (from 83)
975 sold

WvH falls 14% but maintained their chart position.




Between The Buried And Me, Colors II (Sumerian Records)
#84 (from 93)
950 sold

A 7% drop in week two. Unfortunately, bassist Dan Briggs tested positive in Florida for COVID-19 and will sit out the next couple of shows.



Deafheaven, Infinite Granite (Sargent House)
#91 (from 58)
876 sold

Their fifth studio album continues it’s descend with 43%. Give it a listen on Bandcamp!




Megadeth, Unplugged In Boston – Live 2001 (Cleopatra Records)
#99 (from #63)
775 sold

The rare and limited acoustic album drops 45% in week two. Just in time for their tour with Lamb of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed!



AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#104 (from 124)
715 sold





Wolves In The Throne Room, Primordial Arcana(Relapse Records)
#112 (from 112)
675 sold

The seventh studio album drops only 17%.

AFI, Bodies (Rise)
650 sold

AFI returns again to the charts! I don’t think I’ve seen an album come and go more.




Foo Fighters, Medicine At Midnight(Roswell)
#136 (from 124)
550 sold

A 22% drop! Have we’ve seen Foo Fighters this low before!?




Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#139 (from 175)
525 sold

A 9% increase and roughly 132,800 copies sold to date. Let’s go!



Mouse Rat, The Awesome Album (DualTone/Entertainment 720)
#151 (from 15)
500 sold

Hard 87% fall in week two. Andy Dwyer is still so proud.




Gojira, Fortitude (Roadrunner)
#167 (re-entry)
460 sold

Gojira returns to the charts with their indigenous metal record!




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

Surprisingly, FFDP return to the charts.




Various Artists, Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack (Loma Vista)
#176 (from 192)
430 sold

The comic book crossover soundtrack drops by only 3% in week nine.
They never fell off!


The Bronx, Bronx VI (Cooking Vinyl)
#178 (from 28)
430 sold

A massive 85% drop in week two. This is their sixth studio album in eighteen years.




Night Ranger, ATBPO (Frontiers)
#195 (from 81)
375 sold

A 66% drop for heavy metal.




Paul McCartney, McCartney III Imagined (Capitol)
#197 (from 148)
375 sold

A 33% drop. Will The Beatle be making an appearance next week?




Neal Morse Band, Innocence & Danger (InsideOut)
#200 (from 64)
375 sold

a 72% drop in week two. Neal Morse teams up with prolific drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on their fourth studio album.




Slaughter To Prevail, Kostolom(Sumerian Records)
340 sold

Their second studio album drops another 14% in week four. Do yourself a favor and taste the brutality here!




Grayscale, Umbra (Fearless)
245 sold

The Pennsylvania natives dropping their Fearless third studio album but fall 48% in week two.




Dee Snider, Leave A Scar (Napalm Records)
240 sold

Dee Snider with a 26% increase.




Hooded Menace, The Tritonus Bell(Season of Mist)
240 sold

78% drop in week two. A full force of 80’s heavy metal for their sixth album.




Leprous, Aphelion (InsideOutMusic)
170 sold

The seventh studio album from the Notodden natives. Get your prog rock here!




Darkthrone, Eternal Hails (Peaceville)
165 sold

A small 3% rise in week 11.




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

Babymetal return to the charts with a 139% increase but for how long…




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

Another 8% drop off for the story of a man-eating half-wolf, half-dog hybrid.
Matt Heafy (Trivium) guests on “Fist By Fist”  and kills it.




King Woman, Celestial Blues (Relapse)
145 sold

No change for the Iranian producer and vocalist Kris Esfandiari. This album tells a story about a near death experience she had as a child.




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

25% decrease! Fiddlehead keeps truckin’.



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