PopMatters’ staff of metal experts present their top picks from a year that offered a standout work of Christian “progressive death metalcore”, a philosophical treatise on “Transcendent Black Metal”, and one amazing debut.
Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom
J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only
On Speaking to Southerners About Southerners
‘His Girl Friday’: What a Difference One Sex Change Makes
The xx: I See You
Various Artists: Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta
The Band of Heathens: Duende
'Rogue Archives': Fan Fiction and Cultural Memory
"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.