Best Metal Breakdowns

A list of songs with the most memorable metal breakdowns. This is NOT a list for -core genres.

The Top Ten

1 Domination - Pantera Domination - Pantera

Easily the best of the best

Live version is better

The one and only breakdown, nothing more to say. - SilverBane

Danana danana danana danana, danana danana danana, who can forget that, I headbang to this all the time, unless I am told not to headbang, this riff is heavy as balls, Rest in peace Darrell Lance Abbott, we all miss you.

2 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer

This one is from 1986 and it kicks ass! - SilverBane

3 Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath

One of the earlier ones, not quite a breakdown as we know it today, but certainly inspired the others. 1971! - SilverBane

4 Angel of Death - Slayer

Middle section is basically a breakdown. - SilverBane

5 I'll Cast a Shadow - Pantera

Not many people besides Pantera fans know this breakdown, very heavy. - SilverBane

6 Inversion of the Saviours - Tony Iommi & Phil Anselmo

Little known song, it has a brutal breakdown in the middle and the ending. - SilverBane

7 Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament

A rather unusual breakdown. - SilverBane

8 This Love - Pantera

Easily the best of all time, even better than Domination.

Still one of the heaviest of all time. - SilverBane

9 Flying Whales - Gojira

Heavier than the supermassive black hole at the center of our universe


10 Dead Embryonic Cells - Sepultura

The Contenders

11 Drifts - After the Burial
12 I - Meshuggah
13 Freak on a Leash - Korn
14 Eye of the Beholder - Metallica

Not exactly a breakdown as we know it today but right before the solo it has a very cool rhythm. - SilverBane

15 Roots Bloody Roots - Sepultura
16 Floods - Pantera
17 Remembrance - Gojira
18 Throes of Rejection - Pantera

After that insane solo and one more verse, this is one of the sickest sounding breakdowns ever, with those bends. - SilverBane

19 The End Complete - Obituary
20 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
21 Smoke - Venom

I think this is a very underrated band and the breakdown in this song is sick

22 Messe Noire - Behemoth
23 The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine
24 Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb of God

Sick song overall

25 Watch Your Words - Alter Bridge
26 Black Label - Lamb of God
27 Through Struggle - As I Lay Dying
28 The River - Wage War
29 Witness - Wage War
30 Hatred United / United Hate - Death Angel
31 Lust - Lazarus A.D.
32 Revolution - Lazarus A.D.
33 Capital of War - Suicidal Angels
34 Scourge of Iron - Cannibal Corpse

The whole song is a breakdown.

35 Inflikted - Cavalera Conspiracy
36 Blood Fire War Hate - Soulfly
37 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
38 Romance is Dead - Parkway Drive
39 Davidian - Machine Head
40 White Walls - Between the Buried and Me
41 Kafir! - Nile
42 Now You've Got Something to Die for - Lamb of God
43 The Architect - Haken
44 In the Name of God - Dream Theater
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