Top 10 Songs with the Best Metal Breakdowns

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

The Top Ten Songs with the Best Metal Breakdowns

1 Domination - Pantera

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

Live version is better

Easily the best of the best

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

Obviously - DarkDamien

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

3 Flying Whales - Gojira

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

JUST, FLYYY - DarkDamien


4 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

5 Human Harvest - Oceano

The shortest, but the best to - DarkDamien

Is the shortest breakdown I know, but it's my favorite (the breakdown of the end) - Doomed_God

6 Mysteria - Edguy

Power breakdown - DarkDamien

7 Angel of Death - Slayer

Middle section is basically a breakdown. - SilverBane

8 I'll Cast a Shadow - Pantera

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

9 Inversion of the Saviours - Tony Iommi & Phil Anselmo

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

10 Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament

A rather unusual breakdown. - SilverBane

The Contenders

11 This Love - Pantera

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

Still one of the heaviest of all time. - SilverBane

12 Floorboards - Oceans Ate Alaska

So short, so technical, SO Amazing - DarkDamien

13 C**tcrusher - Infant Annihilator

One of the heaviest breakdowns, and one of the best to - DarkDamien

14 Hell - Slaughter to Prevail
15 Dead Embryonic Cells - Sepultura
16 Drifts - After the Burial
17 I - Meshuggah
18 Freak on a Leash - Korn
19 Floods - Pantera
20 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

21 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

22 Roots Bloody Roots - Sepultura
23 Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb of God

Sick song overall

24 Remembrance - Gojira
25 Black Label - Lamb of God
26 The River - Wage War
27 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
28 Now You've Got Something to Die for - Lamb of God
29 Slit Your Guts - Cryptopsy

Incredible riff - DarkDamien

30 Moonlit Skies and Bloody Tides - Crimson Shadows

Power Breakdown x 3 - DarkDamien

31 Black Widow's Web - Angra

Power Metal Breakdown wow - DarkDamien

32 Habilita la Cerveza - Asspera

Very underrated - DarkDamien

33 The End Complete - Obituary
34 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
35 Smoke - Venom

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

36 Messe Noire - Behemoth
37 The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine
38 Watch Your Words - Alter Bridge
39 Through Struggle - As I Lay Dying
40 Witness - Wage War
41 Hatred United / United Hate - Death Angel
42 Lust - Lazarus A.D.
43 Revolution - Lazarus A.D.
44 Capital of War - Suicidal Angels
45 Scourge of Iron - Cannibal Corpse

The whole song is a breakdown.

46 Inflikted - Cavalera Conspiracy
47 Blood Fire War Hate - Soulfly
48 Romance is Dead - Parkway Drive
49 Davidian - Machine Head
50 White Walls - Between the Buried and Me
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