Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
The purpose of a live album is, arguably, to give the listener the next best thing to seeing the band in person. I don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been devoid of shows since March and, as a result, you won’t see many live albums recorded from this year. Despite this, there are still live albums being released, and chief among them is one from none other than Iron Maiden. Maiden are one of the few bands where my excitement for a new live album is on par with a new studio album because they’re at their best live. You can’t see them now, but you can play this. Enjoy, and Up the Irons.
Iron Maiden, Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City (Parlophone Records/BMG)
Maiden’s 13th live album snags a spot in the top 10.
Killer Be Killed, Reluctant Hero (Nuclear Blast)
The supergroups second album charted higher, sold lower than its predecessor.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Live In San Francisco ’16 (ATO)
This is the band’s sixth live album. The previous five were all released earlier this year.
Dark Tranquillity, Moment (Century Media)
The band’s twelfth album charted higher, sold lower than its predecessor.
Jinjer, Alive In Melbourne 2020 (Napalm)
Jinjer’s first live album was recorded right before the pandemic did away with shows for the rest of the year.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, K.G. (Flightless)
The band’s sixteenth album came out a few weeks back but made its debut this week.
AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#2 (from 1)
A 73% second week drop only took this down to the number 2 spot.
Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Music(Capitol)
#65 (from 61)
A 16% boost.
A 12% drop.
Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
#102 (from 84)
A 2% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2 (Prospect Park)
#103 (from 132)
A 54% boost.
Pearl Jam, MTV Unplugged, March 16, 1992(Sony)
#108 (from 80)
A 13% drop.
Puscifer, Existential Reckoning (BMG)
#116 (from 47)
A 52% drop.
Mr. Bungle, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo (Ipecac)
#130 (from 59)
A 51% drop.
Macabre, Carnival Of Killers (Nuclear Blast)
#142 (from 96)
A 27% drop in week two.
A 9% boost.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#158 (from 107)
#158 (from 107)
A 23% drop.
Queen + Adam Lambert, Live Around The World(Hollywood)
#171 (from 100)
A 28% drop.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#192 (from 164)
A 8% drop.
Hum, Inlet (Earth Analog)
A 95% drop.
John Petrucci, Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind)
A 33% drop.
Armored Saint, Punching The Sky(Sony)
A 34% drop.
Nothing, The Great Dismal (Relapse)
A 12% drop.
Fates Warning, Long Day Good Night (Metal Blade)
A 58% drop.
King 810, AK Concerto No. 47, 11th Movement In G Major (Self-Released)
A 74% drop in week two.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
A 7% boost.
Ellefson, No Cover (EMP)
This is back after dropping off a few weeks back.
Of Feather and Bone, Sulfuric Disintegration (Profound Lore)
A 76% drop in week two.
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, We’re The Bastards(Nuclear Blast)
A second week drop of 58%.
Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo (Magnetic Eye)
A 36% boost.
Katatonia, Dead Air (Peaceville)
A 73% drop in week two.
Napalm Death, Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (Century Media)
A 14% boost.
Draconian, Under A Godless Veil (Napalm Records)
A 18% drop.