Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I’ve been writing the Metal By Numbers column for about 7 1/2 years now, and I think it’s about time for change. Something’s been missing from this column and for years I haven’t been able to put my finger on it. Then I heard the song “Yummy” off of Justin Bieber’s new album Changes. That got me thinking about the song “Changes” by Black Sabbath. And then it hit me: we should really be including pop releases on MBN. So from here on out, you’ll be seeing sales numbers from releases from Bieber, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and much more more alongside the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, and Slipknot. I know you faithful readers will greet this change with understanding and grace.
By the way, are we still celebrating April Fools’? Asking for a friend.
Myrkur, Folkesange (Relapse)
Myrkur’s third album, sells slightly less than its predecessor, but its her highest charting album yet.
Def Leppard, The Early Years 79-81 (UMC)
This is a 5 disc set encompassing the band’s first two albums along with B-sides and rarities.
Heaven Shall Burn, Of Truth And Sacrifice (Century Media)
This is the band’s ninth album.
Lucifer, Lucifer III (Century Media)
This is the band’s third album.
This is the seventh album from this one-man industrial act.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#17 (from 18)
A 29% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#24 (from 17)
A 43% drop.
Code Orange, Underneath (Roadrunner)
#34 (from 13)
A 62% drop in week two.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#68 (from 77)
A 14% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#102 (from 118)
A 12% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#103 (from 162)
A 20% boost.
#108 (from 169)
A 18% boost.
Body Count, Carnivore(Century Media)
#115 (from 57)
A 58% drop.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
A 34% boost back up.
Beneath The Massacre, Fearmonger (Century Media)
This gets boosted way back up.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#162 (from 178)
A 15% drop.
Skid Row, Skid Row 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Atlantic)
So I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to find out why Skid Row’s self-titled debut was on the top current albums chart (which is the most amount of time I’ve ever devoted to Skid Row). Apparently a 30th anniversary edition came out a year ago and I guess it’s only just appeared.
The Amity Affliction, Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them (Pure Noise)
#186 (from 161)
A 35% drop.
Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
This pops up again almost 2 years after its debut.
Lingua Ignota, Caligula (Profound Lore)
One of my favorite albums from 2019 gets a 88% boost back up.
Stitched Up Heart, Darkness(Another Century)
A 80% drop in week two.
Intronaut, Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade)
A 39% drop.
Blood Incantation, Hidden History Of The Human Race (Dark Descent)
A 62% boost back up.
Human Impact, Human Impact(Ipecac)
A 75% drop in week two.
Gatecreeper, Deserted (Relapse)
A 73% boost up.
Huntsmen, Mandala Of Fear(Prosthetic)
A 52% second week drop.
Dark Fortress, Spectres From The Old World(Century Media)
A 71% drop.
My Dying Bride, The Ghost Of Orion (Nuclear Blast)
A 78% drop.