Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I’ve seen some talk regarding artists delaying releases due to the current pandemic vs. releasing music anyway. Perhaps the most notable delay in the world of metal is Lamb of God’s self-titled album, which was originally slated for May 8th and will now be out on June 19th. It’s not a massive delay, a little over one month, but it got me thinking about bands delaying releases because of the pandemic, and I can’t say I blame them. Lamb of God cited the difficulty in shipping physical copies of the album, but there’s also the reality that record sales are not exactly booming right now, so waiting to release an album until a time of relative normalcy when more people have money to spend is understandable. Plus, so many bands have continued to put out music anyway, so it’s not like we’re in short supply of new albums.
Notable Debuts:
The Black Dahlia Murder, Verminous (Metal Blade)
Debut #4
7,850 sold
The Black Dahlia Murder’s ninth album didn’t sell as much as its predecessor, but it did crack the top 5.
Incubus, Trust Fall (Side B) (Incubus)
Debut #11
4,325 sold
This EP is a follow-up to the aptly titled EP Trust Fall (Side A).
Oranssi Pazuzu, Mestarin Kyns (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #67
1,100 sold
This is the Finnish band’s fifth studio album and highest charting yet in the US.
Khemmis, Doomed Heavy Metal (Nuclear Blast/20 Buck Spin)
Debut #85
870 sold
This new EP features a bitchin’ cover of Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark”.
Abysmal Dawn, Phylogenesis (Season of Mist)
Debut #118
540 sold
This is the band’s fifth album.
Debut #139
440 sold
The band’s sixth album doesn’t match the debut of its previous album.
Ripped To Shreds, Luan (Nameless Grave)
250 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Notable Sales:
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#19 (from 14)
3,100 sold
A 19% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#35 (from 30)
2,050 sold
A 5% boost with just under 70,000 sold.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#38 (from 27)
1,950 sold
A drop of 9% with over 105,000 sold.
Nightwish, Human. :II: Nature. (Nuclear Blast)
#52 (from 5)
1,375 sold
An 81% drop in week two.
In This Moment, Mother (Roadrunner)
#59 (from 49)
1,200 sold
A 10% drop.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#66 (from 59)
1,100 sold
A 10% boost.
Joe Satriani, Shapeshifting (Legacy)
#69 (from 8)
1,100 sold
A 79% drop in week two.
Breaking Benjamin, Aurora (Hollywood)
#70 (from 84)
1,050 sold
A 43% boost.
Testament, Titans Of Creation (Nuclear Blast)
#84 (from 25)
870 sold
A 60% drop.
Various Artists, The Many Faces of Metallica(Music Brokers Arg)
#113 (from 167)
580 sold
A big 56% boost up.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#116 (from 121)
550 sold
A 8% boost.
August Burns Red, Guardians (Fearless)
#117 (from 67)
550 sold
A 38% drop with over 12,000 sold.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#143 (from 167)
420 sold
A 15% boost.
RED, Declaration(Red Entertainment)
#156 (from 41)
400 sold
A 75% drop.
 #158 (from 183)
400 sold
A 18% boost.
The Hu, The Gereg (Eleven Seven)
#162 (from 164)
390 sold
A 4% boost with just under 30,000 sold.

Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#185 (from 160)
340 sold

A 12% drop.




Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#186 (from 157)
330 sold
A 16% drop.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#191 (from 184)
330 sold
A 3% drop.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack(Eleven Seven)
#195 (re-entry)
320 sold
This got boosted up by 7% with just under 69,000 sold.
#200 (re-entry)
310 sold
A 6% boost back up with just under 60,000 sold.
Rotting Out, Ronin (Pure Noise)
240 sold
A 81% drop in week two.
Kingsmen, Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery. (SharpTone)
170 sold
A 47% drop in week two.
Myrkur, Folkesange(Relapse)
170 sold
A 3% boost.
Heilung, Futha (Season Of Mist)
160 sold
This got a whopping 180% boost. It’s sold over 9,000 copies.
Igorrr, Spirituality And Distortion (Metal Blade)
130 sold
A 25% drop.
Fire From The Gods, American Sun (E7)
80 sold
A 15% boost.
Ad Infinitum, Chapter I: Monarchy (Napalm)
80 sold
A 30% drop.
Delain, Apocalypse & Chill(Napalm)
80 sold
A 21% drop.