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

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

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

3 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 This Love - Pantera

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

Still one of the heaviest of all time. - SilverBane

8 Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament

A rather unusual breakdown. - SilverBane

9 Dead Embryonic Cells - Sepultura
10 I - Meshuggah

The Newcomers

? Freak on a Leash - Korn

The Contenders

11 Drifts - After the Burial
12 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

13 Floods - Pantera
14 Flying Whales - Gojira
15 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

16 The End Complete - Obituary
17 Roots Bloody Roots - Sepultura
18 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
19 Smoke - Venom

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

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

Sick song overall

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