Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
This is usually the time of year where I’m listening to album after album, searching for any gems from the year that I might have missed (and believe me I miss a few) before I put a list together. Oddly, at this time, I feel pretty set on my list aside from a few stragglers I’ve yet to listen to. A list that’s normally whittled down from 25 to 30 albums was really only 17 or 18 this year. Now I just gotta find the words to describe why they’re good. Got any last minute albums to recommend? Is one of them on the charts below? Let me know so I can write my list and then just blast August Burns Red’s Sleddin’ Hill the rest of the month.
Hatebreed, Weight of the False Self (Nuclear Blast)
Hatebreed’s eighth studio album hits the top 30, though it didn’t perform as well as its 2016 predecessor.
Dream Theater, Distant Memories (Century Media)
Dream Theater’s latest album features material from their new album as well as a full performance of Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory.
Ace Frehley, Space Truckin’ (eOne)
This Record Story Day Black Friday release features, as the title suggests, a cover of Deep Purples “Space Truckin’.”
Jazz Sabbath, Jazz Sabbath(Blacklake)
This came out back in April, but the RSD Black Friday release boosted this onto the Top Current charts for the first time.
Clutch, The Weathermaker Vault Series Vol 1. (Weathermaker)
This compilation features re-recorded and reimagined tracks from the bands catalogue.
Baroness, Live at Madia Vale BBC – Vol II. (Abraxan Hymns)
This EP is a followup to the 2013 release.
Blue Öyster Cult, Live ’83 (Real Gone)
This RSD release was originally recorded in Pasadena, CA 1983.
Anthrax, Soldiers of Metal (Megaforce)
This is a RSD reissue of the original 1983 seven-inch single.
Volbeat, Hokus Bonus (Republic)
This RSD release is a compilation of bonus tracks from the band’s discography.
Plini, Impulse Voices (Self-Released)
This is the Australian guitarist’s second studio album.
Scour, Black EP (Nuclear Blast)
This is the Phil Anselmo-led band’s third EP.
Within The Ruins, Black Heart (eOne)
This is the band’s sixth album.
Cadaver, Edder & Bile (Nuclear Blast)
This is the band’s fifth album and first since 2004.
Voivod, Lost Machine – Live (Century Media)
Voivod’s fourth live album was recorded back in July 2019 in Quebec City Summer Fest, a mythical time when music festivals were still happening.
AC/DC, Power Up(Columbia)
#5 (from 2)
Still in the top 5 after a 30% drop.
Iron Maiden, Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City(Parlophone Records/BMG)
#54 (from 9)
A second week 80% drop.
Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Music(Capitol)
#69 (from 65)
A 26% boost.
A 29% boost with just under 100,000 sold.
Pearl Jam, MTV Unplugged, March 16, 1992(Sony)
#128 (from 108)
A 23% boost.
Deftones, Ohms (Reprise)
#133 (from 102)
A 9% boost.
Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade Of Destruction, Volume 2 (Prospect Park)
#134 (from 103)
A 10% boost.
Mr. Bungle, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo (Ipecac)
#156 (from 130)
A 19% drop.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#173 (from 158)
#173 (from 158)
A 28% boost.
Queen + Adam Lambert, Live Around The World(Hollywood)
#177 (from 171)
A 33% boost.
Killer Be Killed, Reluctant Hero (Nuclear Blast)
#185 (from 34)
A 80% drop in week two.
Sodom, Genesis XIX (eOne)
Sodom’s sixteenth studio album marks the band’s first release as a quartet instead of a trio.
Diamond Head, Lightning To The Nations 2020 (Silver Lining Music)
This got a huge 291% boost in week two.
Armored Saint, Punching The Sky(Sony)
A 1% drop.
Dark Tranquillity, Moment (Century Media)
A 77% drop in week two.
John Petrucci, Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind)
A 6% drop.
Hum, Inlet(Earth Analog)
A 24% drop.
Nothing, The Great Dismal (Relapse)
A 23% drop.
Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle, May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones)
This got a monster boost back up.
King 810, AK Concerto No. 47, 11th Movement In G Major (Self-Released)
A 18% drop.
Fates Warning, Long Day Good Night (Metal Blade)
A 36% drop.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
A 16% drop.
Undeath, Lesions Of A Different Kind (Prosthetic)
A 291% boost back up.
Jinjer, Alive In Melbourne 2020 (Napalm)
A second week 88% drop.
All Them Witches, Nothing As The Ideal (New West)
A 96% boost back up.
Ellefson, No Cover (EMP)
A 45% drop.
Napalm Death, Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (Century Media)
A 16% boost.
Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo (Magnetic Eye)
A 21% drop.
Unleash The Archers, Abyss (Napalm)
A 35% boost back up.
Belphegor, Necrodaemon Terrorsathan (20th Anniversary Edition) (Nuclear Blast)
A 114% boost back up.