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.
Black Veil Brides, Re-Stitch These Wounds (Sumerian)
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)
This live album was recorded during Snider’s tour supporting his solo album of the same name.
Oh! The Horror, Halloween 365 (WTTU)
This is the hip-hop metal band’s debut album.
Alcatrazz, Born Innocent (Silver Lining)
This is Alcatrazz’s fourth studio album and first since 1986.
Imperial Triumphant, Alphaville (Century Media)
This is the band’s fourth studio album.
Mike Shinoda, Dropped Frames Vol. 2 (Kenji Kobayashi Productions)
This is a follow-up to Shinoda’s solo album from a month ago.
Warkings, Revenge (Napalm)
This is the band’s second album.
Septicflesh, Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX (Season Of Mist)
This is the band’s second live album.
Katalepsy, Terra Mortuus Est (Unique Leader)
This is the Russian band’s third studio album.
Dance Gavin Dance, Afterburner(Rise)
#48 (from 50)
A 10% boost.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#54 (from 58)
A 11% drop.
In This Moment, Mother (Roadrunner)
#77 (from 173)
A whopping 172% boost.
A 12% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#103 (from 104)
A 23% boost.
O’Brother, You and I (Favorite Gentlemen)
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)
A 15% boost.
Static-X, Project Regeneration Vol. 1 (Otsego Entertainment Group)
#128 (from 105)
A 4% boost.
Pearl Jam, Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records)
#129 (from 135)
A 28% boost.
Bush, The Kingdom(BMG)
#133 (from 41)
A 60% drop.
Grey Daze, Amends (Loma Vista)
#133 (from 129)
A 17% boost.
A 2% boost.
Haken, Virus (Inside Out)
#157 (from 34)
A 70% drop in week two.
The Acacia Strain, Slow Decay (Rise Records)
#163 (from 5)
A second week drop of 94%.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#172 (from 115)
A 19% drop.
Primal Fear, Metal Commando (Nuclear Blast)
#182 (from 46)
A 70% drop in week two.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#192 (from 196)
A 26% boost.
John Petrucci, Suspended Animation (Sound Mind)
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)
A 15% drop.
Make Them Suffer, How To Survive A Funeral (Rise)
A 28% drop.
Blood Incantation, Hidden History Of The Human Race (Dark Descent)
A 118% boost back up.
Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin, Stygian Bough Volume 1 (Profound Lore)
A 89% boost back up.
Tokyo Motor Fist, Lions(Frontiers)
A 22% boost.
Currents, The Way It Ends (SharpTone)
This gets a 46% boost after recently dropping off.
Zombi, 2020 (Relapse Records)
A 12% boost.
Bedsore, Hypnagogic Hallucinations (20 Buck Spin)
A 69% second week drop.