Metal By Numbers 9/11: Metallica orchestrate the sales

Posted by on September 11, 2020

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I love S&M, so the fact that there’s an S&M2 must mean the world can’t be all bad. If you, like me, didn’t get the chance to see the show last year, you can listen to the album, watch the concert film, and read Zenae’s first-hand account of the special evening.
Notable Debuts:
Metallica, S&M2(Blackened)
Debut #1
52,675 sold
If any band can get a live album to #1, it’s Metallica.
Seether, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (Fantasy)
Debut #5
13,075 sold
This sold less than half of its predecessor, but its still in the top five.
Def Leppard, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Mercury)
Debut #27
4,000 sold
This Record Store Day exclusive was limited to 4,000 copies, which is exactly what it sold.
Necrot, Mortal (Tankcrimes)
Debut #30
3,800 sold
This is the band’s second album.
John Petrucci, Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind)
Debut #42
2,850 sold
Petrucci’s second solo album features Mike Portnoy and marks their first recording together since Portnoy left Dream Theater in 2010.
From Ashes To New, Panic (Better Noise Music)
Debut #45
2,775 sold
This is the band’s third studio album.
Dokken, The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 (Silver Lining)
Debut #49
2,625 sold
These songs predate the band’s debut album.
Lynch Mob, Wicked Sensation Reimagined: 30th Anniversary Edition (Rad Pak Records)
Debut #57
2,250 sold
This is the rerelease of the band’s debut album and probably one of the last time’s you’ll see something released under the Lynch Mob moniker.
Pig Destroyer, The Octagonal Stairway (Relapse)
Debut #65
2,025 sold
This is the band’s latest EP.
Hawkwind, At The BBC – 1972 (Parlophone)
Debut #83
1,700 sold
This double vinyl features 11-tracks.
Debut #97
1,300 sold
This features 5 tracks from the band’s in-studio session.
Various Artists, Bill & Ted Face The Music Soundtrack (Tenthousand Projects)
Debut #127
1,025 sold

This soundtrack features the likes of Mastodon and Lamb of God.





Powerman 5000, The Noble Rot (Cleopatra)
830 sold

This is the band’s tenth album.






Pain Of Salvation, Panther (Century Media) 
570 sold

This is the band’s eleventh studio album.

Venom, Sons of Satan (Sanctuary)
550 sold
This is a collection of early demo records.
Ulver, Flowers of Evil (House of Mythology)
360 sold
This is the band’s twelfth studio album.
Venomous Concept, Politics Versus The Erection (Season of Mist
220 sold
This is the fourth album from the band featuring members of Brutal Truth and Napalm Death.
The Atomic Bitchwax, Scorpio (Tee Pee)
210 sold
This is the band’s eighth studio album.
Smash Into Pieces, Arcadia (Gain)
200 sold
This is the Swedish band’s fifth album.
Notable Sales:
Deep Purple, Whoosh! (earMUSIC)
#82 (from 55)
1,750 sold
This dropped in chart position but gained 23% in sales.
Lamb Of God, Lamb Of God (Epic)
#123 (from 131)
1,050 sold

A 77% boost with over 40,000 sold.

Unleash The Archers, Abyss (Napalm)
#125 (from 14)
1,050 sold

A 79% drop in week two.





Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#130 (from 74)
980 sold

A 4% drop.

Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#133 (from 76)
970 sold

A 5% drop with over 100,000 sold.

Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#162 (from 104)
770 sold

A 5% boost.

 Halestorm, Reimagined EP (Atlantic
#169 (re-entry)
740 sold

A big 284% boost after dropping off last week.





Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#176 (from 116)
700 sold

A 5% boost.

Incantation, Sect Of Vile Divinities (Relapse)
610 sold

A 70% drop in week two.


The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
370 sold
A 13% drop.
Khemmis, Doomed Heavy Metal (Nuclear Blast/20 Buck Spin)
280 sold
This got boosted back on the charts after dropping off in May.
Polaris, The Death Of Me (SharpTone)
250 sold
A heckin’ big 579% boost.
Atramentus, Stygian(20 Buck Spin)
220 sold
A 70% second week drop.
King Buzzo (with Trevor Dunn), Gift of Sacrifice (Ipecac)
220 sold
A 12% drop.
Ingested, Where Only Gods May Tread (Unique Leader)
210 sold
A 10% boost.
Imperial Triumphant, Alphaville(Century Media)
200 sold
A 10% drop.
Haken, Virus(Inside Out)
200 sold
A solid 71% boost.

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