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.
Mark Lanegan Band: Gargoyle
Sarah Shook and the Disarmers: Sidelong
Charly Bliss: Guppy
Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band: Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band
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Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.
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