Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I haven’t listened to Manson’s new album, but the statement We Are Chaos is sure as hell true this year as its ever been. I hate to keep beating the dead horse that is “2020 sucks” but I just found out that wrestler Road Warrior Animal died and that Anathema is on indefinite hiatus. Also my back hurts, but that’s not new. You know what makes up for that? A new song from Steven Wilson dropped yesterday, there’s a new Mastodon compilation out, and a new Deftones album is out this Friday. Gotta take the good with the bad.
Notable Debuts:
Marilyn Manson, We Are Chaos (Loma Vista)
Debut #1
27,950 sold
Manson’s eleventh album is number 1, though it did sell slightly less than its predecessor.
Mastodon, Medium Rarities (Reprise)
Debut #8
4,625 sold
This compilation album features the previously unreleased track “Fallen Torches.” It also features the band’s best song: “Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife” off the Aqua Teen Hunger Force film soundtrack.
Neal Morse, Sola Gratia(Century Media)
Debut #72
970 sold
Morse’s latest album was recorded remotely.
Skeletal Remains, The Entombment Of Chaos (Century Media)
Debut #106
710 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
Uniform, Shame (Sacred Bones)
Debut #143
530 sold
This is the band’s fourth album.
Ihsahn, Pharos (Candlelight)
Debut #149
500 sold
This is Ihsahn’s second EP release this year.
240 sold
This is a the debut album from a new band fronted by Phil Anselmo. It came out last week with 680 sold.
Master Boot Record, Virtuaverse.Ost(Blood Music)
140 sold
This is Master Boot Record’s second release of 2020.
Notable Sales:
Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, S&M2(Blackened)
#5 (from 4)
5,800 sold
A 56% drop, but still in the top 5.
#31 (from 15)
1,800 sold
A 46% drop.
Stryper, Even The Devil Believes(Frontiers)
#38 (from 5)
1,575 sold
A second week drop of 83%.
Zakk Sabbath, Vertigo (Magnetic Eye)
#40 (from 21)
1,525 sold
A drop of 43% in week two.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#46 (re-entry)
1,450 sold
Ah yes, now I can once again mix up Skillet and Seether while writing this column.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#61 (from 73)
1,125 sold

A 6% boost.

Deep Purple, Whoosh! (earMUSIC)
#83 (from 61)
850 sold
A 35% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#92 (from 103)
770 sold

A 6% drop.

The Pineapple Thief, Versions of the Truth(Kscope)
#93 (from 142)
760 sold
A 18% drop, but this went up a few chart positions.
All Them Witches, Nothing As The Ideal (New West)
#98 (from 17)
740 sold
A 77% drop in week two.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#112 (from 104)
670 sold

A 12% drop.





Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#125 (from 123)
620 sold

A 9% drop.





Dance Gavin Dance, Afterburner(Rise)
#126 (from 118)
610 sold
A 13% drop.
Necrot, Mortal (Tankcrimes)
#140 (from 90)
540 sold
A 43% drop.
Lamb Of God, Lamb Of God (Epic)
#144 (from 150)
530 sold

A 7% drop.





Dokken, The Lost Songs: 1978-1981(Silver Lining)
#170 (from 109)
450 sold
A 43% drop.
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#169 (from 173)
430 sold
A 12% drop.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#171 (from 163)
430 sold
A 20% drop.

Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#196 (re-entry)
380 sold

A 16% boost back up.





Incantation, Sect Of Vile Divinities (Relapse)
310 sold

A 4% drop.






Unleash The Archers, Abyss (Napalm)
300 sold

A 46% drop.






Pig Destroyer, The Octagonal Stairway (Relapse)
180 sold
A 39% drop.
Oceans Of Slumber, Oceans Of Slumber(Century Media)
180 sold

A 31% drop in week two.


John Petrucci, Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind)
130 sold
A 46% drop/
Jinjer, Macro (Napalm)
130 sold
A 12% drop.
Venom, Sons of Satan(Sanctuary)
130 sold
A 26% drop
Ingested, Where Only Gods May Tread (Unique Leader)
120 sold
A 31% drop.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fishing For Fishies(ATO)
110 sold

A 22% drop.
Primitive Man, Immersion (Relapse)
110 sold
A 17% drop.