Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has died. And man am I bummed about it. I spent the morning listening to Van Halen’s self-titled debut all the way through for the first time in a while and…well, I don’t need to keep telling you how much it sucks. You’re gonna see a sharp uptick in Van Halen sales next week, which will be depressing. But you know, Deftones have a #3 album, and that’s neat. There’s also a new AC/DC song out, which just goes to show that even when it seems like we’re in the shitty timeline, sometimes we catch a break.
Notable Debuts:
Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
Debut #3
42,750 sold
It may not have had a good a debut as 2016’s Gore, but Deftones still have a top five album in 2020.
Ayreon, Transitus (Mascot Music Group)
Debut #44
2,125 sold
Aryeon’s tenth studio album is yet another rock opera with guests ranging from Dee Snider to Tom Baker (Doctor Who).
The Ocean, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic (Metal Blade)
Debut #84
1,300 sold
The band’s eighth album beats out the debut of 2018’s Phanerozoic I.

Kataklysm, Unconquered (Nuclear Blast)
1,250 sold

The band’s fourteenth studio album debuted lower than its predecessor.

Alpha Wolf, A Quiet Place To Die (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #155
730 sold
This is the Australian metalcore band’s second album.
Uada, Djinn (Eisenwald)
Debut #171
650 sold
This is the black metal band’s third album.
Morta Skuld, Suffer For Nothing(Peaceville)
310 sold
This is the band’s sixth abum.
Realize, Machine Violence (Relapse)
310 sold
This is the band’s second album.



Notable Sales:
Marilyn Manson, We Are Chaos (Loma Vista)
#24 (from 11)
4,125 sold
A 39% drop.
Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#25 (from 16)
4,075 sold
A 29% drop.
Ace Frehley, Origins Vol. 2 (eOne Music)
#34 (from 6)
2,875 sold
A 70% second week drop.
#91 (from 56)
1,225 sold
A 18% drop with over 20,000 sold.
Napalm Death, Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (Century Media)
#111 (from 41)
1,000 sold
A 47% drop in week two.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#129 (from 93)
900 sold

A 2% drop.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#133 (from 89)
890 sold

A 6% drop with just under 50,000 sold.





Mastodon, Medium Rarities (Reprise)
#134 (from 75)
870 sold
A 23% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#148 (from 117)
770 sold

A 4% boost.





Stryper, Even The Devil Believes(Frontiers)
#157 (from 68)
700 sold
A 36% drop.
Nine Inch Nails, Quake Soundtrack (Interscope)
#150 (from 30)
700 sold
A second week drop of 75%.
Movements, No Good Left To Give(Fearless)
#174 (from 14)
630 sold
A 88% drop in week two.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#176 (from 163)
630 sold

A 26% boost.

10 Years, Violent Allies (Mascot)
#187 (from 23)
570 sold
A second week 84% drop.
Fit For A King, The Path (Solid State)
#192 (from 10)
560 sold
A drop of 94% in week two.
Mrs. Piss, Self-Surgery (Sergeant House)
#200 (re-entry)
540 sold
This came out back in June and now it’s back.



Heathen, Empire Of The Blind (Nuclear Blast)
430 sold
A 54% drop.
Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo (Magnetic Eye)
360 sold
A 6% drop.
The Hu, The Gereg (Eleven Seven)
270 sold
A 45% drop.
All Them Witches, Nothing As The Ideal (New West)
260 sold
A 51% drop.
Ulver, Flowers of Evil (House of Mythology)
250 sold
A boost back up after dropping off a few weeks ago.
Unleash The Archers, Abyss (Napalm)
230 sold

A 13% drop.





Necrot, Mortal (Tankcrimes)
220 sold
A 46% drop.
200 sold
This gets boosted back onto the charts after a long absents.
The Pineapple Thief, Versions of the Truth(Kscope)
190 sold
A 31% drop.
Skeletal Remains, The Entombment Of Chaos (Century Media)
180 sold
A 32% drop.
Finntroll, Vredesvävd(Century Media)
160 sold
A second week drop of 75%.
Incantation, Sect Of Vile Divinities (Relapse)
150 sold

A 14% drop.

Derek Sherinian, The Phoenix (Century Media)
140 sold
A 75% drop in week two.