We now know that one of those countries is the USA, where the hard-hitting two-disc effort debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
Metallica's new album "Hardwired To Self-Destruct" not only debuted at No. 1 on the USA charts it has also scored the most first week sales for any rock album release in two and half years.
Hardwired., which was released on Metallica's own label, Blackened Records, also recorded the third highest sales of any album of 2016 in its first week, falling only to Drake's Views and Beyonce's Lemonade.
To Self-Destruct, Metallica's first studio album in eight years, sold 281,000 copies in the United States in its first week, according to Nielsen. Remember, Billboard now ranks their results on multi-metric consumption, and takes into account traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums.
On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online song sales, hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd held steady at No. 1 with "Black Beatles", selling 138,000 copies in the past week. After-all sandwiched between birth and death, there is nothing but, Metallica.
Hardwired was led at radio by its title track, which became the band's eighth No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart (Oct. 8).
Hardwired also bows at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart, as the set is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance, the indie distribution arm of Warner Music Group.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Bruno Mars' 24K Magic debuts with 231,000 units (194,000 in traditional album sales - Mars' best sales week yet).
Back in 2008, Metallica's previous disc Death Magnetic sold close to half million copies in just a three-day sales window while also topping the Billboard 200 chart.
This also made Hardwired. the first rock album to top the charts since Coldplay released Ghost Stories back in 2014.