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.
Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar
'Dear Ijeawele', Dear Tired Church Ladies
Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound
Junot Díaz's Favorite Short Stories: the Future of American Literature Shines Bright
How Fragile Relationships and Plans Can Be in Cara Hoffman's Running
'OKNOTOK' and the Nostalgic Radiohead
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