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

Domination - Pantera Domination - Pantera Cover Art

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.

Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art

Obviously - DarkDamien

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

Flying Whales - Gojira Flying Whales - Gojira Cover Art

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

JUST, FLYYY - DarkDamien

SO MUUCH TOLD WIIITH NO WORDS AT ALL

Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath Cover Art

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

Human Harvest - Oceano Human Harvest - Oceano Cover Art

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

Mysteria - Edguy

Power breakdown - DarkDamien

Angel of Death - Slayer Angel of Death - Slayer Cover Art

Middle section is basically a breakdown. - SilverBane

I'll Cast a Shadow - Pantera I'll Cast a Shadow - Pantera Cover Art

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

Inversion of the Saviours - Tony Iommi & Phil Anselmo

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

Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament Cover Art

A rather unusual breakdown. - SilverBane

The Contenders

This Love - Pantera This Love - Pantera Cover Art

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

Still one of the heaviest of all time. - SilverBane

Floorboards - Oceans Ate Alaska Floorboards - Oceans Ate Alaska Cover Art

So short, so technical, SO Amazing - DarkDamien

C**tcrusher - Infant Annihilator C**tcrusher - Infant Annihilator Cover Art

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

Born in a tank - Candlemass Born in a tank - Candlemass Cover Art
Dead Embryonic Cells - Sepultura Dead Embryonic Cells - Sepultura Cover Art
Drifts - After the Burial Drifts - After the Burial Cover Art
Freak on a Leash - Korn Freak on a Leash - Korn Cover Art
I - Meshuggah I - Meshuggah Cover Art
Roots Bloody Roots - Sepultura Roots Bloody Roots - Sepultura Cover Art
Floods - Pantera Floods - Pantera Cover Art
Eye of the Beholder - Metallica Eye of the Beholder - Metallica Cover Art

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

Throes of Rejection - Pantera Throes of Rejection - Pantera Cover Art

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

Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse Cover Art
Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb of God Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb of God Cover Art

Sick song overall

Remembrance - Gojira Remembrance - Gojira Cover Art
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