Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
This will in all likelihood be the final edition of Metal By Numbers for 2020. I want to thank you all for reading, putting up with my little soapbox rants, and for yelling at me when I missed an album. Be on the lookout for my top albums from 2020 coming sometime this week, as well as lists from the rest of the contributors. And while everyone is eager for this year to be over, and I don’t blame you, please keep this in mind: things will not automatically change January 1st 2021. They will not change January 2nd 2021 either. The change comes from you when you’re ready and willing to deliver it. There are things we can’t control, situations we must still weather, but when it comes to your own little corner of the world, do not wait to try and make your life or someone else’s a little better. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, and Happy New Year.
Deafheaven, 10 Years Gone (Sargent House)
This is Deafheaven’s second live album.
Hollywood Undead, New Empire, Vol. 2 (BMG)
This charted lower and sold half of what its predecessor did back in February of this year.
Blackmore’s Night, Here We Come A-Caroling (earMUSIC)
Here’s a holiday EP from Ritchie Blackmore and company.
Blue Öyster Cult, Live at Rock of Ages Festival 2016 (Frontiers)
In case you didn’t get enough releases from Blue Öyster Cult this year, here’s another live album.
Soilwork, A Whisp Of The Atlantic (Nuclear Blast)
This EP follows the band’s eleventh album released early 2019.
Vanden Plas, The Ghost Xperiment: Illumination (Frontiers)
This is a followup to The Ghost Xperiment: Awakening from last year.
This is the band’s seventh album.
Unruly Child, Our Glass House (Frontiers)
This is the band’s eight album.
Persuader, Necromancy (Frontiers)
This is the band’s fifth album.
This is the supergroups second album.
This the sixth album from Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen.
AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#5 (from 5)
This holds its #5 position despite a 12% drop.
Smashing Pumpkins, CYR (Sumerian)
#43 (from 13)
Somehow missed this from last week. It debuted at #13 with 10,350 sold and dropped 70% this week.
Iron Maiden, Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City(Parlophone Records/BMG)
#69 (from 54)
A 29% drop.
This sold the same as last week and has officially sold over 100,000 copies.
Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Music(Capitol)
#81 (from 69)
A 19% drop.
Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle, May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones)
Year-end buzz boosts this album by 445%, charting higher than when it first debuted.
Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
#109 (from 133)
A 8% boost.
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2 (Prospect Park)
#125 (from 134)
A 6% drop.
Pearl Jam, MTV Unplugged, March 16, 1992(Sony)
#131 (from 128)
A 17% drop.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Live In San Francisco ’16 (ATO)
A 50% boost back up after dropping off last week.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#135 (from 173)
#135 (from 173)
A 20% boost.
Dream Theater, Distant Memories – Live In London (Century Media)
#136 (from 53)
A 65% drop in week two.
A second week drop of 80%.
Queen + Adam Lambert, Live Around The World (Hollywood)
#146 (from 177)
A 16% boost.
Killer Be Killed, Reluctant Hero (Nuclear Blast)
#188 (from 185)
A 7% drop.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, K.G. (Flightless)
A big 355 boost back up.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
A 22% boost onto the charts once again.
Poppy, A Very Poppy Christmas(Sumerian)
A 73% boost in the second week.
Sodom, Genesis XIX (eOne)
A 9% drop.
John Petrucci, Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind)
A 46% boost.
Hum, Inlet(Earth Analog)
A 42% boost.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
A 77% boost.
Nothing, The Great Dismal (Relapse)
A 37% boost.
Fates Warning, Long Day Good Night (Metal Blade)
A 45% boost.
Armored Saint, Punching The Sky (Sony)
A 24% drop.
Dark Tranquillity, Moment (Century Media)
A 28% drop in week two.
Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo (Magnetic Eye)
A 34% boost.
Napalm Death, Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (Century Media)
A 24% boost.
Unleash The Archers, Abyss (Napalm)
A 26% boost.
King 810, AK Concerto No. 47, 11th Movement In G Major (Self-Released)
A 28% drop.
Scour, Black EP (Nuclear Blast)
A 80% drop in week two.
Plini, Impulse Voices (Self-Released)
A second week 82% drop.