Amos Lee leads a cluster of debuts in the top 10 of Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated Sept. 10), as Spirit, the folk rock troubadour's sixth studio album, enters at No. 3 with 12,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.
Spirit is Lee's third top 10 on Top Rock Albums and marks his best rank since 2011's Mission Bell debuted at No. 1, and crowned the Billboard 200, with 41,000. Lee's last studio record, 2013's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, bowed at No. 7 on Top Rock Albums (18,000).
Spirit also starts at No. 3 on Americana/Folk Albums, where it's Lee's fifth top 10, and No. 30 on the Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "Vaporize," has reached No. 18 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.
Sabaton reaches new heights with The Last Stand, the Swedish power-metal troupe's eighth studio album, which starts at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums (9,000 sold). The set also debuts at No. 2 on Hard Rock Albums. Both chart ranks, as well as the LP's first-week sales, are bests for the band, which previously managed Nos. 29 and 5 peaks on each chart, respectively, with 2014's Heroes (3,000 sold in its first week). The new album's Billboard 200 start at No. 63 is also a new best, surpassing Heroes' No. 99 start and peak.
Stand, much like Heroes, is a concept album that takes inspiration from several military battles throughout world history, such as the Battle for Castle Itter in Austria during World War II.
Bayside returns with seventh studio album Vacancy, which debuts at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums (8,000), equaling the New York rockers' previous best rank, first set by 2014's Cult. Its No. 4 start on Alternative Albums also represents a best for the band; Cult hit No. 5.
Gemini Syndrome likewise logs new bests, as Memento Mori, the hard rock outfit's second studio set, opens at No. 8 on Top Rock Albums and No. 3 on Hard Rock Albums with 6,000 sold. Those numbers all pass 2013's Lux, which debuted at Nos. 44 and 8, respectively, with 3,000 in sales.
The No. 1 title on Top Rock Albums remains the Suicide Squad: The Album soundtrack, which leads for a third week (37,000 sold, down 26 percent); it has sold 215,000 to date. The set is the longest-reigning soundtrack on the chart since Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 ruled for nine (nonconsecutive) weeks in 2014 and 2015.