Metal By Numbers 8/12: The charts get re-stitched

Posted by on August 12, 2020

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Last week, a news story circulated regarding Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and the issue of artists making little money from streaming. Ek was quoted as saying that artists “…can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough” and that “…the ones that aren’t doing well in streaming are predominantly people who want to release music the way it used to be released.” Now, I’ll agree that making and selling music ain’t what it used to be even 10 years ago let alone before the iPod came around. Artists have to evolve, but they aren’t machines. Some artists do have amazing output and that’s great, but it doesn’t work that way for everyone. And let’s not forget the fact that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic where artists can’t tour and albums have been delayed. I’ve said this a few times but I’ll say it again: if you have an album that you’ve streamed over and over on Spotify, consider actually purchasing it if you have the money. Platforms like Spotify and Bandcamp are great for discovering new music and getting to listen for free, but if you find yourself hitting play repeatedly with a few artists or albums, maybe they deserve a few bucks.
Notable Debuts:
Black Veil Brides, Re-Stitch These Wounds (Sumerian)
Debut #13
5,025 sold
This is a re-recording of the band’s debut album in honor of its 10th anniversary.
Dee Snider, For The Love Of Metal Live (Napalm)
Debut #75
1,075 sold
This live album was recorded during Snider’s tour supporting his solo album of the same name.
Oh! The Horror, Halloween 365 (WTTU)
Debut #82
1,025 sold
This is the hip-hop metal band’s debut album.
Alcatrazz, Born Innocent (Silver Lining)
Debut #145
640 sold
This is Alcatrazz’s fourth studio album and first since 1986.
Imperial Triumphant, Alphaville (Century Media)
Debut #146
620 sold
This is the band’s fourth studio album.
Mike Shinoda, Dropped Frames Vol. 2 (Kenji Kobayashi Productions)
Debut #167
530 sold
This is a follow-up to Shinoda’s solo album from a month ago.
Warkings, Revenge (Napalm)
Debut #187
450 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Septicflesh, Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX (Season Of Mist)
Debut #188
450 sold
This is the band’s second live album.
Katalepsy, Terra Mortuus Est (Unique Leader)
200 sold
This is the Russian band’s third studio album.
Thundermother, Heat Wave (AFM)
170 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
Notable Sales:
Dance Gavin Dance, Afterburner(Rise)
#48 (from 50)
1,575 sold
A 10% boost.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#54 (from 58)
1,375 sold
A 11% drop.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#56 (from 77)
1,350 sold
A 34% boost.
In This Moment, Mother (Roadrunner)
#77 (from 173)
1,075 sold
A whopping 172% boost.
Lamb Of God, Lamb Of God (Epic)
#102 (from 78)
870 sold
A 12% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#103 (from 104)
850 sold
A 23% boost.
O’Brother, You and I (Favorite Gentlemen)
#105 (re-entry)
840 sold
This is back on the charts for the first time since it debuted in May.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#120 (from 113)
750 sold
A 15% boost.
Static-X, Project Regeneration Vol. 1 (Otsego Entertainment Group)
#128 (from 105)
720 sold

A 4% boost.




Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#129 (from 135)
700 sold
A 28% boost.
Bush, The Kingdom(BMG)
#133 (from 41)
690 sold
A 60% drop.
Grey Daze, Amends (Loma Vista)
#133 (from 129)
680 sold
A 17% boost.
Various Artists, The Many Faces of Metallica (Music Brokers Arg)
#142 (from 118)
640 sold
A 2% boost.
Haken, Virus (Inside Out)
#157 (from 34)
570 sold
A 70% drop in week two.
The Acacia Strain, Slow Decay (Rise Records)
#163 (from 5)
550 sold
A second week drop of 94%.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#172 (from 115)
520 sold
A 19% drop.
Primal Fear, Metal Commando (Nuclear Blast)
#182 (from 46)
470 sold
A 70% drop in week two.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#192 (from 196)
430 sold
A 26% boost.
John Petrucci, Suspended Animation (Sound Mind)
310 sold
The 2005 debut solo album from Dream Theater’s John Petrucci has been released on digital platforms to build hype for his new album due at the end of the month.
Judicator, Let There Be Nothing (Prosthetic)
180 sold
A 15% drop.
Make Them Suffer, How To Survive A Funeral (Rise)
150 sold
A 28% drop.
Blood Incantation, Hidden History Of The Human Race (Dark Descent)
140 sold
A 118% boost back up.
Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin, Stygian Bough Volume 1 (Profound Lore)
140 sold
A 89% boost back up.
Tokyo Motor Fist, Lions(Frontiers)
130 sold
A 22% boost.
Currents, The Way It Ends (SharpTone)
120 sold
This gets a 46% boost after recently dropping off.
Zombi, 2020 (Relapse Records)
120 sold
A 12% boost.
Bedsore, Hypnagogic Hallucinations (20 Buck Spin)
110 sold
A 69% second week drop.

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