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.
The Black Dahlia Murder, Verminous (Metal Blade)
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)
This EP is a follow-up to the aptly titled EP Trust Fall (Side A).
Oranssi Pazuzu, Mestarin Kyns (Nuclear Blast)
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)
This new EP features a bitchin’ cover of Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark”.
Abysmal Dawn, Phylogenesis (Season of Mist)
This is the band’s fifth album.
Enter Shikari, Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible (SO)
The band’s sixth album doesn’t match the debut of its previous album.
Ripped To Shreds, Luan (Nameless Grave)
This is the band’s second album.
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#19 (from 14)
A 19% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#35 (from 30)
A 5% boost with just under 70,000 sold.
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#38 (from 27)
A drop of 9% with over 105,000 sold.
Nightwish, Human. :II: Nature. (Nuclear Blast)
#52 (from 5)
An 81% drop in week two.
In This Moment, Mother (Roadrunner)
#59 (from 49)
A 10% drop.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#66 (from 59)
A 10% boost.
Joe Satriani, Shapeshifting (Legacy)
#69 (from 8)
A 79% drop in week two.
Breaking Benjamin, Aurora (Hollywood)
#70 (from 84)
A 43% boost.
Testament, Titans Of Creation (Nuclear Blast)
#84 (from 25)
A 60% drop.
Various Artists, The Many Faces of Metallica(Music Brokers Arg)
#113 (from 167)
A big 56% boost up.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#116 (from 121)
A 8% boost.
August Burns Red, Guardians (Fearless)
#117 (from 67)
A 38% drop with over 12,000 sold.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#143 (from 167)
A 15% boost.
RED, Declaration(Red Entertainment)
#156 (from 41)
A 75% drop.
Skid Row, Skid Row 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition(Atlantic)
#158 (from 183)
A 18% boost.
The Hu, The Gereg (Eleven Seven)
#162 (from 164)
A 4% boost with just under 30,000 sold.
Godsmack, When Legends Rise (BMG)
#185 (from 160)
A 12% drop.
#186 (from 157)
A 16% drop.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#191 (from 184)
A 3% drop.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack(Eleven Seven)
This got boosted up by 7% with just under 69,000 sold.
Def Leppard, The Story So Far: The Best of Def Leppard (UMC)
A 6% boost back up with just under 60,000 sold.
Rotting Out, Ronin (Pure Noise)
A 81% drop in week two.
Kingsmen, Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery. (SharpTone)
A 47% drop in week two.
A 3% boost.
Heilung, Futha (Season Of Mist)
This got a whopping 180% boost. It’s sold over 9,000 copies.
Igorrr, Spirituality And Distortion (Metal Blade)
A 25% drop.
Fire From The Gods, American Sun (E7)
A 15% boost.
Ad Infinitum, Chapter I: Monarchy (Napalm)
A 30% drop.
A 21% drop.