Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I haven’t included Bon Jovi on here in the past because, well, do I really have to? Yeah I know, Slippery When Wet is a seminal glam metal album but the band has steered farther and father away from that sound. Kid Rock used to be considered metal too at one point, but I wouldn’t include him on here now since he’s full blown country (along with several other reasons). But, hey, might as well give it a nod. I won’t keep it on here, but if you’ve been wondering where your numbers for Bon Jovi have been the last couple years, here’s your chance.
Notable Debuts:
Bon Jovi, 2020 (Island)
Debut #5
23,450 sold
This charted lower and sold 5.5 times less than This House Is Not For Sale.
Queen + Adam Lambert, Live Around The World (Hollywood)
Debut #12
12,575 sold
This is a compilation of live tracks recorded all around the world at various times during Lambert’s stint with Queen.
DevilDriver, Dealing With Demons I (Napalm)
Debut #30
3,075 sold
This is part one of a double album. The second part is due out next year.
Amaranthe, Manifest (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #37
2,600 sold
The band’s sixth album snagged a better debut than its predecessor.
Enslaved, Utgard (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #44
2,075 sold
Enslaved’s fifteenth studio album has a slightly higher debut than 2017’s E.
SUMAC, May You Be Held (Thrill Jockey)
Debut #46
1,900 sold
This is the band’s fourth studio album and sixth in its overall discography including the collaborations with Keiji Haino.
Six Feet Under, Nightmares Of The Decomposed (Metal Blade)
Debut #83
1,175 sold
This is the band’s twelfth studio album.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Demos Vol. 1 + Vol. 2 (Self-Released)
Debut #91
1,075 sold
This is a collection of demos recorded from 2011 to 2020.
Anaal Nathrakh, Endarkenment (Metal Blade)
Debut #92
1,050 sold
This is the band’s eleventh studio album.
Tallah, Matriphagy (Earache)
Debut #108
870 sold
This is Tallah’s debut album featuring drummer Max Portnoy, son of Mike.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Live in Asheville ’19 (Self-Released)
Debut #138
710 sold
Another new King Gizzard release. If you’re new here, this this tends to happen.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mettavolution Live (ATO)
Debut #143
680 sold
This new live album was recorded in Paris last year and features a cover of “Echoes” by Pink Floyd.
Raven Black, The Key(Wurmgroup)
Debut #173
500 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Laura Jane Grace, Stay Alive (Polyvinyl)
Debut #197
430 sold
This is the second solo album from Against Me! vocalist Laura Jane Grace.
Isengard, Vårjevndøgn (Peaceville)
180 sold
The second album form the solo project of Fenriz (Darkthrone) originally recorded between 1989 and 1993.
Nightmare, Aeternam(AFM)
160 sold
This is the band’s eleventh album.



King Mothership, The Ritual(3DOT Recordings)
150 sold
This is the debut album from Spencer Sotelo and Matt Halpern of Periphery and Tai Wright (ex-Slaves).
Notable Sales:
Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
#16 (from 3)
8,350 sold
A 81% drop in week two.
Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#33 (from 25)
2,850 sold
A 30% drop.
Marilyn Manson, We Are Chaos (Loma Vista)
#34 (from 24)
2,675 sold
A 35% drop.
Ace Frehley, Origins Vol. 2 (eOne Music)
#34 (from 6)
2,250 sold
A 22% drop.
#98 (from 91)
990 sold
A 19% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#104 (from 133)
910 sold

A 2% boost with over 50,000 sold.




Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#123 (from 129)
760 sold

A 15% drop.

Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#140 (from 148)
700 sold

A 9% drop.





Alpha Wolf, A Quiet Place To Die(Nuclear Blast)
#155 (from 155)
500 sold
A 20% drop, but it has the same chart position.
Ayreon, Transitus(Mascot Music Group)
#156 (from 44)
580 sold
A 73% drop.





Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#169 (from 176)
510 sold

A 19% drop.





Stryper, Even The Devil Believes(Frontiers)
#177 (from 157)
490 sold
A 30% drop.
Deep Purple, Whoosh! (earMUSIC)
#184 (re-entry)
470 sold
This re-enters the charts despite a 11% drop.
Lamb Of God, Lamb Of God (Epic)
#190 (re-entry)
460 sold
A 2% drop.
Mastodon, Medium Rarities (Reprise)
#192 (from 134)
440 sold
A 50% drop.
Napalm Death, Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (Century Media)
400 sold
A 61% drop.

Kataklysm, Unconquered(Nuclear Blast)
390 sold

A 69% drop.





Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo (Magnetic Eye)
350 sold
A 3% drop.
The Ocean, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic(Metal Blade)
320 sold
A 76% drop in week two.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
300 sold
A 15% boost.
Movements, No Good Left To Give(Fearless)
270 sold
A 58% drop.


All Them Witches, Nothing As The Ideal (New West)
260 sold
A 3% drop.
Heathen, Empire Of The Blind (Nuclear Blast)
220 sold
A 48% drop.
Unleash The Archers, Abyss (Napalm)
210 sold

A 7% drop.

Finntroll, Vredesvävd(Century Media)
170 sold
A 11% boost.
Necrot, Mortal (Tankcrimes)
170 sold
A 26% drop.
Skeletal Remains, The Entombment Of Chaos (Century Media)
160 sold
A 14% drop.
Incantation, Sect Of Vile Divinities (Relapse)
150 sold

A 5% drop.






Pig Destroyer, The Octagonal Stairway (Relapse)
130 sold

A 8% boost up.






Uada, Djinn (Eisenwald)
120 sold
A 81% second week drop.
Ulver, Flowers of Evil (House of Mythology)
120 sold
A 51% drop.
Derek Sherinian, The Phoenix (Century Media)
120 sold
A 17% drop.