Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Dave Mustaine once sang these lyrics in the Megadeth classic “Sweating Bullets”: “Hindsight is always 20-20 / But looking back it’s still a bit fuzzy.” That’s what popped into my head when I sat down to write 2020’s first edition of Metal By Numbers. Yeah, I know he’s not talking about the year 2020, but that’s what came to mind anyway. Historically speaking, the first few entries of MBN in the new year aren’t usually super busy, though we did get two surprise releases that make up our tiny list of debuts. And there’s a couple albums that have reappeared, including a few end of the year favorites. So, Happy New Decade, let’s have a good one.
Notable Debuts:
Bring Me The Horizon, Music To Listen To (Sony Music)
Debut #112
790 sold
The top debut this week is an odd duck. Though billed as an EP, Bring Me The Horizon’s surprise release clocks in at over 75 minutes. Also, the real title is much longer. It’s *inhales* Music to Listen to~Dance to~Blaze to~Pray to~Feed to~Sleep to~Talk to~Grind to~Trip to~Breathe to~Help to~Hurt to~Scroll to~Roll to~Love to~Hate to~Learn Too~Plot to~Play to~Be to~Feel to~Breed to~Sweat to~Dream to~Hide to~Live to~Die to~Go To. 
The Acacia Strain, It Comes In Waves (Closed Casket Activities)
Debut #187
510 sold
Another surprise release. The Acacia Strain dropped their ninth studio album at the tail end of 2019.
Notable Sales:
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#14 (from 4)
4,550 sold
A 61% drop.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#24 (from 14)
2,900 sold
A 70% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#51 (from 74)
1,800 sold
A 46% drop.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#70 (from 123)
1,325 sold
A 42% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#89 (from 98)
990 sold
A 58% drop.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#100 (from 126)
890 sold
A 50% drop.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack (Eleven Seven)
#115 (from 146)
780 sold
A 63% drop.
#132 (re-entry)
690 sold
A 50% drop despite reappearing on the charts.
I Prevail, Trauma (Fearless)
#145 (re-entry)
630 sold
A 21% drop.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#153 (from 185)
600 sold
A 39% drop.
Bad Wolves, N.A.T.I.O.N. (Eleven Seven)
#167 (re-entry)
570 sold
A 39% drop.
Alter Bridge, Walk The Sky (Napalm)
#173 (from 199)
540 sold
A 49% drop.
#174 (from 188)
540 sold
A 64% drop.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Infest The Rats’ Nest (Flightless)
#179 (re-entry)
520 sold
A 41% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#192 (re-entry)
490 sold
A 41% drop.
Stone Sour, Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno (Roadrunner)
#200 (from 69)
480 sold
A 31% drop.
Blood Incantation, Hidden History Of The Human Race (Dark Descent)
310 sold
A 9% drop.
Jinjer, Macro (Napalm)
280 sold
A drop of 34%.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fishing For Fishies(ATO)
190 sold
A 44% drop.
Gatecreeper, Deserted (Relapse)
180 sold
A 7% drop.
Daughters, You Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac)
170 sold
A 36% drop.
Black Smoke Trigger, Set It Off(Self-Released)
170 sold
A 25% drop.
Rob Halford With Family & Friends, Celestial(Legacy)
170 sold
A 83% drop.
Lindemann, F & M (Vertigo)
170 sold
A 32% drop.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
160 sold
A 32% drop
Heilung, Futha (Season Of Mist)
160 sold
A 16% drop.
Lingua Ignota, Caligula (Profound Lore)
160 sold
A 30% boost to one of mine and Zenae’s top albums of 2019.
Alcest, Spiritual Instinct (Nuclear Blast)
150 sold
A 7% boost to another end of year favorite.
Mayhem, Daemon (Century Media)
150 sold
A 18% drop.
Fire From The Gods, American Sun (E7)
140 sold
A 17% drop.
Fit For An Autopsy, The Sea Of Tragic Beasts (Nuclear Blast)
140 sold
A 37% drop.
Nile, Vile Nilotic Rites(Nuclear Blast)
130 sold
A 24% drop.
Tomb Mold, Planetary Clairvoyance (20 Buck Spin)
120 sold
A 47% drop.
Chelsea Wolfe, Birth of Violence(Sargent House)
120 sold
A 2% drop.
Obsequiae, Palms of Sorrowed Kings(20 Buck Spin)
110 sold
A 54% drop.