EDIT 10/22/20: I’ve added Corey Taylor to the list because I guess he’s a big deal or something.
Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
The Symbol Remains is Blue Öyster Cult’s first studio album in 19 years. When that album, Curse of the Hidden Mirrorcame out, it was June 2001. I was just finishing up fourth grade and wouldn’t know who Blue Öyster Cult were for another 4 years when I heard “Godzilla” while watching the acclaimed KISS-centric comedy Detroit Rock City. If that makes you feel old, take comfort knowing that when I reference Backstreet Boys of NSYNC at work some coworkers tell me that was before their time. Oof.
Notable Debuts:
Blue Öyster Cult, The Symbol Remains (Frontier)
Debut #10
6,175 sold
Following a string of re-releases and live albums, Blue Öyster Cult releases its fifteenth studio album and first since 2001.
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2 (Prospect Park)
Debut #15
4,500 sold
FFDP’s second compilation album sold almost 3 times less than its predecessor.
Inferi, Of Sunless Realms (The Artisan Era)
Debut #122
700 sold
This EP is a follow-up to the band’s studio album last year.
Necrophobic, Dawn Of The Damned (Century Media)
Debut #136
630 sold
This is the band’s ninth studio album.
Skáld, Vikings Memories(Decca)
Debut #154
530 sold
More folk than metal, but it does concern vikings. This is the band’ second album.
Venom Prison, Primeval (Prothetic)
Debut #171
470 sold
This compilation features a re-recorded of the band’s first two EP’s as well as some new material.
Hellripper, The Affair of the Poisons(Peaceville)
Debut #178
450 sold
This is he second album from the one-man black/speed metal band.
The Unguided, Father Shadow (Napalm Records)
270 sold
This is the band’s fifth studio album.
Gargoyl, Gargoyl (Season Of Mist)
190 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Greg Puciato, Child Soldier: Creator of God (Federal Prisoner)
170 sold
This is Puciato’s debut solo album.
Sinner’s Blood, The Mirror Star (Frontiers)
160 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
Notable Sales:
Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
#17 (from 16)
4,100 sold
A 51% drop.
Queen + Adam Lambert, Live Around The World(Hollywood)
#18 (from 12)
3,900 sold
A 66% second week drop.
Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#32 (from 33)
2,225 sold
A 22% drop.
Corey Taylor, CMFT (Roadrunner)
#42 (from 9)
1,775 sold
This debuted last week at #9 with 13,600 sold but I overlooked it because I’m a dope.
Marilyn Manson, We Are Chaos (Loma Vista)
#48 (from 34)
1,675 sold
A 37% drop.
#49 (re-entry)
1,650 sold
This originally came out for Record Store Day of April last year and has received a new pressing.
Ace Frehley, Origins Vol. 2 (eOne Music)
#87 (from 34)
960 sold
A 57% drop.
#102 (from 98)
810 sold
A 18% drop.
DevilDriver, Dealing With Demons I (Napalm)
#103 (from 30)
800 sold
A 74% drop in week two.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#104 (from 104)
800 sold

A 12% drop with the same chart position as last week.




Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#19 (from 123)
660 sold

A 14% drop with over 140,000 sold.

Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#139 (from 140)
610 sold

A 13% drop. Been a while since we had two FFDP albums on the charts simultaneously.





Amaranthe, Manifest(Nuclear Blast)
#146 (from 37)
560 sold
A 78% drop in week two.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#148 (from 169)
510 sold

A 9% boost.

Deep Purple, Whoosh! (earMUSIC)
#166 (from 184)
480 sold
A 3% boost.
Enslaved, Utgard (Nuclear Blast)
#173 (from 44)
470 sold
A second week drop of 78%.
Stryper, Even The Devil Believes(Frontiers)
#177 (from 177)
460 sold
A 8% drop with the same chart position.
Dance Gavin Dance, Afterburner (Rise)
#187 (re-entry)
430 sold
A 63% boost back up.
Mastodon, Medium Rarities (Reprise)
#192 (from 192)
420 sold
A 2% drop with the same position as last week.
SUMAC, May You Be Held (Thrill Jockey)
380 sold
A second week drop of 80%.
Mrs. Piss, Self-Surgery (Sergeant House)
350 sold
This is boosted back up again after dropping last week.
Anaal Nathrakh, Endarkenment (Metal Blade)
330 sold
A 68% drop in week two.
Six Feet Under, Nightmares Of The Decomposed (Metal Blade)
290 sold
A 75% drop.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
290 sold
A 5% drop.
Napalm Death, Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (Century Media)
280 sold
A 30% drop.
Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo (Magnetic Eye)
250 sold
A 28% drop.

Kataklysm, Unconquered(Nuclear Blast)
230 sold

A 42% drop.

All Them Witches, Nothing As The Ideal (New West)
210 sold
A 18% drop.
Isengard, Vårjevndøgn (Peaceville)
200 sold
A 9% boost.
Unleash The Archers, Abyss (Napalm)
180 sold

A 14% drop.






Movements, No Good Left To Give(Fearless)
170 sold
A 35% drop.
Ayreon, Transitus(Mascot Music Group)
160 sold
A 72% drop.


The Ocean, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic(Metal Blade)
160 sold
A 50% drop.
Tallah, Matriphagy (Earache)
150 sold
A 82% drop in week two.
Heathen, Empire Of The Blind (Nuclear Blast)
150 sold
A 35% drop.
Powerwolf, The Best of the Blessed (Napalm)
140 sold
A whopping 338% boost back up.
Jinjer, Macro (Napalm)
130 sold