Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
Dave Mustaine once sang these lyrics in the Megadeth classic “Sweating Bullets”: “Hindsight is always 20-20 / But looking back it’s still a bit fuzzy.” That’s what popped into my head when I sat down to write 2020’s first edition of Metal By Numbers. Yeah, I know he’s not talking about the year 2020, but that’s what came to mind anyway. Historically speaking, the first few entries of MBN in the new year aren’t usually super busy, though we did get two surprise releases that make up our tiny list of debuts. And there’s a couple albums that have reappeared, including a few end of the year favorites. So, Happy New Decade, let’s have a good one.
The top debut this week is an odd duck. Though billed as an EP, Bring Me The Horizon’s surprise release clocks in at over 75 minutes. Also, the real title is much longer. It’s *inhales* Music to Listen to~Dance to~Blaze to~Pray to~Feed to~Sleep to~Talk to~Grind to~Trip to~Breathe to~Help to~Hurt to~Scroll to~Roll to~Love to~Hate to~Learn Too~Plot to~Play to~Be to~Feel to~Breed to~Sweat to~Dream to~Hide to~Live to~Die to~Go To.
The Acacia Strain, It Comes In Waves (Closed Casket Activities)
Another surprise release. The Acacia Strain dropped their ninth studio album at the tail end of 2019.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#14 (from 4)
A 61% drop.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#24 (from 14)
A 70% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#51 (from 74)
A 46% drop.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#70 (from 123)
A 42% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#89 (from 98)
A 58% drop.
#100 (from 126)
A 50% drop.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack (Eleven Seven)
#115 (from 146)
A 63% drop.
Def Leppard, The Story So Far: The Best of Def Leppard(UMC)
A 50% drop despite reappearing on the charts.
I Prevail, Trauma (Fearless)
A 21% drop.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#153 (from 185)
A 39% drop.
Bad Wolves, N.A.T.I.O.N. (Eleven Seven)
A 39% drop.
Alter Bridge, Walk The Sky (Napalm)
#173 (from 199)
A 49% drop.
KISS, Kissworld – The Best of KISS (UMe)
#174 (from 188)
A 64% drop.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Infest The Rats’ Nest (Flightless)
A 41% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
A 41% drop.
Stone Sour, Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno (Roadrunner)
#200 (from 69)
A 31% drop.
Blood Incantation, Hidden History Of The Human Race (Dark Descent)
A 9% drop.
Jinjer, Macro (Napalm)
A drop of 34%.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fishing For Fishies(ATO)
A 44% drop.
Gatecreeper, Deserted (Relapse)
A 7% drop.
Daughters, You Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac)
A 36% drop.
Black Smoke Trigger, Set It Off(Self-Released)
A 25% drop.
Rob Halford With Family & Friends, Celestial(Legacy)
A 83% drop.
Lindemann, F & M (Vertigo)
A 32% drop.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
A 32% drop
Heilung, Futha (Season Of Mist)
A 16% drop.
Lingua Ignota, Caligula (Profound Lore)
Alcest, Spiritual Instinct (Nuclear Blast)
A 7% boost to another end of year favorite.
Mayhem, Daemon (Century Media)
A 18% drop.
Fire From The Gods, American Sun (E7)
A 17% drop.
Fit For An Autopsy, The Sea Of Tragic Beasts (Nuclear Blast)
A 37% drop.
Nile, Vile Nilotic Rites(Nuclear Blast)
A 24% drop.
Tomb Mold, Planetary Clairvoyance (20 Buck Spin)
A 47% drop.
Chelsea Wolfe, Birth of Violence(Sargent House)
A 2% drop.
Obsequiae, Palms of Sorrowed Kings(20 Buck Spin)
A 54% drop.