Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
There was a time in a my life were I was at a show at least every two months or so. The last show I went to was Dream Theater in March 2019. Life got busy, and since then every time a new crop of  tour dates gets announced I look for a date in my state and think “Hey, maybe I’ll finally get to go to a show again.” Now, no one is going to shows, as I’m sure many of you are painfully aware. Hopefully no one was planning on recording a live album this year, eh? One thing’s for sure: as soon as shows start up again, the pits are going to be a wild place to be.
Notable Debuts:
August Burns Red, Guardians (Fearless)
Debut #3
10,250 sold
August Burns Red’s ninth album is in the top five, though it didn’t outdo its predecessor’s debut.
RED, Declaration (Red Entertainment)
Debut #5
10,225 sold
This charted higher, sold lower than its predecessor.
Testament, Titans Of Creation (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #8
8,300 sold
This sold less than half of its predecessor’s debut.
Ad Infinitum, Chapter I: Monarchy (Napalm)
Debut #122
490 sold
This is the band’s debut album.
tētēma, Necroscape (Ipecac)
Debut #181
350 sold
This is the second album from the Mike Patton fronted project.
WVRM, Colony Collapse(Prosthetic)
220 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Lady Beast, The Vulture’s Amulet (Reaper Metal)
190 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Viscerals (Rocket)
170 sold
This is the band’s debut album. Also, to save you counting, there are seven “Pigs” in band’s name.
Jazz Sabbath, Jazz Sabbath(Blacklake)
150 sold
The band Jazz Sabbath, depending on who you ask, is either: A) a long-lost jazz band from 1968 that had all its material stolen by Black Sabbath, or B) a goofy side project by Black Sabbath and Ozzy keyboardist Adam Wakeman. Which is true? You decide.
Conception, State of Deception(Conception Sound Factory)
150 sold
This is the band’s fifth studio album.
Dropout Kings, Glitchgang(Stay Sick)
140 sold
This is the nu metal band’s latest EP.
Bonfire, Fistful Of Fire(AFM)
130 sold
This is the band’s seventeenth album.
Dynazty, The Dark Delight (AFM)
120 sold
This is the band’s seventh album.
Villagers Of Ioannina City, Age Of Aquarius(Napalm Records)
100 sold
 This is a rerelease of the band’s album that came out last year.
Cabal, Drag Me Down(Long Branch Records)
90 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Miss Fortune, Miss Fortune(Self-Released)
80 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Devilskin, Red(Self-Released)
80 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Notable Sales:
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#7 (from 2)
8,550 sold
A 85% drop, but still in the top 10.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#24 (from 22)
2,400 sold
A 14% drop over 100,000 sold.
In This Moment, Mother (Roadrunner)
#25 (from 6)
2,275 sold
A 83% drop in week two.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#31 (from 28)
2,000 sold
A 10% drop with over 65,000 sold.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#65 (from 68)
890 sold
A 13% drop.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#71 (from 82)
810 sold
A 3% boost.
Tesla, Five Man London Jam (UMe)
#91 (from 10)
660 sold
A 90% in week two.
Breaking Benjamin, Aurora (Hollywood)
#123 (from 144)
490 sold
A 7% boost.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#125 (from 136)
470 sold
This sold the same as last week.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#142 (from 184)
420 sold
A 17% boost.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#149 (from 141)
400 sold
A 13% drop with over 65,000 sold.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#186 (from 121)
330 sold
A 35% drop.
 #198 (re-entry)
310 sold
A tiny 2% boost brings this back up.
Igorrr, Spirituality And Distortion (Metal Blade)
250 sold
A 68% drop in week two.
Myrkur, Folkesange (Relapse)
210 sold
A 43% drop.
Me & That Man, New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1 (Napalm)
150 sold
A 79% second week drop.
Stitched Up Heart, Darkness(Another Century)
90 sold
A 29% drop.
Heaven Shall Burn, Of Truth And Sacrifice(Century Media)
80 sold
A 38% drop.