Lamb of God scores its third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dated Aug. 15) as VII: Strum Und Drang starts with 47,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set, translated to "storm and stress" in German, also bows as the third leader on Hard Rock Albums for the metal band from Richmond, Va.
On the Billboard 200, the title starts at No. 3, matching the rank of the group's previous release, Resolution, in 2012. Lamb of God reached its best peak on the Billboard 200, No. 2, with Wrath in 2009 (starting with 68,000). (Those two sets became the act's first two Top Rock Albums toppers.) The new set is the group's eighth studio album since forming in 1998. The band also debuts at No. 15 on the Billboard Artist 100.