11 Greatest Breakdowns Ever | WIll Putney's Picks

  • Опубліковано 25 тра 2022


  • Aidenj5john
    Aidenj5john 3 місяці тому +628

    I agree with This Love for Pantera. but the break down in Dominantion is the one where I break my neck everytime

    • Max Beard
      Max Beard 3 місяці тому +2

      Even though it's not true, I always used to say that Domination was the first ever breakdown.

    • Diego Herrera
      Diego Herrera 3 місяці тому


    • Ian Henderson
      Ian Henderson 3 місяці тому

      @Roy0101 Probably the most brutal Pantera song, love it

    • USS Deadpool
      USS Deadpool 3 місяці тому

      This Love was great but Domination was and is still my favorite breakdown from Pantera

    • S M
      S M 3 місяці тому

      and that's a fucking F.A.C.T.

  • Chad Weirich
    Chad Weirich 3 місяці тому +44

    Pantera’s “Domination” has the greatest breakdown in all of music.

    • Rony Tomano
      Rony Tomano 3 місяці тому +3

      Its that lead up with the solo that really sets it up like nothing ive ever heard before

    • Rony Tomano
      Rony Tomano 3 місяці тому +2


  • salina ember
    salina ember 3 місяці тому +27

    I would like to add my input of Suffocation - Liege of Inveracity (1991) for literally creating the slam genre... Suffocation - Pierced From Within (1995) for being a dope heavy breakdown,,, Earth Crisis - Firestorm (1993) for helping start 90s metalcore beatdown.. Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face (1993) for brutal death metal breakdown,... System of a Down - Sugar (1999) or Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff (1999) for Nu metal breakdown.. Lamb Of God - Black Label (2000) for most underrated? From First To Last - Ride the Wings of Pestilence (2004) emo breakdown, From Autumn To Ashes - The After Dinner Payback (2004) my metalcore pick, Job For A Cowboy- Entombment of a Machine (2005), Suicide Silence - Unanswered (2007) / Destruction of a Statue (2005) for greatest deathcore band of all time, Carnifex - Lie to My Face (2007) for classic myspace deathcore breakdown, Impending Doom - My Nemesis (2007) Christ slamcore, Waking The Cadaver - Chased Through The Woods (2007) best slam memecore of all time, Slipknot - Psychosocial (2008) mainstream breakdown.. Oceano - District of Misery (2008) another deathcore banger & some of my favs: Carnifex - Hell Chose me (2010), Chelsea Grin - My Damnation (2011), No Zodiac - Population Control (2012) or No Zodiac - Constant Decay (2015), Beyond Deviation - White Noise (2014), Code Orange - Forever (2016), Poppy - Concrete (2019), Poppy - Bite Your Teeth (2020), Ghostemane - Lazaretto (2020) rap metal breakdown. Honorable Mentions - Animosity, Despised Icon, Motionless In White, Emmure, Cryptopsy ... the list goes on and on :) My favorite modern era breakdown - Extermination Dismemberment - Omnivore (2019). & i have to disagree about Knocked Loose because Lorna Shore exists.

    • Matt Hamann
      Matt Hamann 2 місяці тому

      Fuck yeah

    • djabthrash
      djabthrash 3 місяці тому +1

      thorough af

    • A Plus
      A Plus 3 місяці тому +1

      Dude. F'ing sick.

  • change_inthehouseofflies
    change_inthehouseofflies 3 місяці тому +193

    Sepultura has so many legendary breakdowns. Roots, Territory, Dead Embryonic Cells, the list goes on

    • Evan Burke
      Evan Burke 3 місяці тому

      @yomuthabyotch both songs would be the obvious choice. Great breakdowns none the less, but the songs chosen in the video are of an obvious taste, and well explained why.

    • yomuthabyotch
      yomuthabyotch 3 місяці тому

      this guys an amateur. he chooses the propaganda breakdown over dead embryonic cells?? and this love over domination?

    • Bradley Smith
      Bradley Smith 3 місяці тому

      @Evan Burke already. I just remember watching that roadrunner records united dvd years ago and they spoke on it. But nothing is new under the sun.

    • Evan Burke
      Evan Burke 3 місяці тому

      The break down in Mass hypnosis is next level

    • Evan Burke
      Evan Burke 3 місяці тому +1

      @Bradley Smith repulsion is often cited as pioneering the modern day blast beat.

  • BeardODoom
    BeardODoom 3 місяці тому +158

    Great list. Will Putney knows what he's talking about. This would absolutely be my list.

    • Andrew Trimble
      Andrew Trimble 3 місяці тому +2

      Totally agree! The passion this man feels for this genre is totally inspiring!

  • CollinInMono
    CollinInMono 3 місяці тому +99

    I feel like Crowbar is getting more recognition lately, and I'm glad. It's well-deserved! Kirk churns out some of the nastiest riffs I've ever heard. I've seen them three times and they brought it every time!

    • James Thomas
      James Thomas 3 місяці тому

      Yep, Crowbar is one of my top 5 favorite bands. I saw them live for the first time about 3 years ago, and they crushed it. I own their entire discography so far and cannot wait for March 4 when their first album in 6 years drops. Love those dudes.

    • Johny Checkers
      Johny Checkers 3 місяці тому +1

      To build a mountain takes a long long time.

    • James Ennis
      James Ennis 3 місяці тому

      I was only saying that other day… I think it’s came from the hardcore scene more an more bands I see in that scene say crowbar was huge influence which is cool to see as deserve it. Now I’d like to see it happen with kingdom of sorrow just a ridiculously over looked band. There two albums we’re unbelievable

    • Cotton Mouth
      Cotton Mouth 3 місяці тому

      Crowbar and Jesu are currently my two favorite bands at the moment

    • Crowbar1115
      Crowbar1115 3 місяці тому

      I LOVE Crowbar. Got to hang with Kirk and Sammy at a show back in the day. Awesome guys!

  • Blake S
    Blake S 3 місяці тому +84

    Great list. Here it is:
    Slayer - Raining Blood
    Metallica - One
    Pantera - This Love
    Sepultura - Propaganda
    Machine Head - Davidian
    Meshuggah - Future Dream Machine
    Hatebreed - Not One Truth
    Dillinger Escape Plan - 43% Burnt
    Crowbar - To Carry The Load
    Terror - Out Of My Face
    Knocked Loose - God Knows

    • Geigh Sects
      Geigh Sects 3 місяці тому +5

      Future Breed Machine

  • Nathan Brown
    Nathan Brown 3 місяці тому +62

    Dude, that Knocked Loose EP is so insane. Absolutely brilliant from beginning to end.

  • Joseph Bastidas
    Joseph Bastidas 3 місяці тому +103

    Gotta agree, To Carry The Load is one of the best breakdowns ever. Crowbar riffs in general are just stupidly heavy. Kirk Windstein really is one of the true riff lords.

    • Trevor Kellow
      Trevor Kellow 3 місяці тому +5

      That whole album is just relentless. Odd Fellow’s is my favorite Crowbar album.

    • Hass
      Hass 3 місяці тому +4

      so happy crowbar got some love. Some of their riffs are ridicilous

    • TheKorFish
      TheKorFish 3 місяці тому +5

      They get heavier when you see them live

  • zepphead0110x
    zepphead0110x 3 місяці тому +15

    Domination is the greatest breakdown of all time.
    Roots Bloody Roots also has a face melting breakdown that never gets old

    • howie johnson
      howie johnson 3 місяці тому

      Roots bloody roots one of my favorite sepultura songs

  • Mark Servilio
    Mark Servilio 3 місяці тому +11

    Would recommend adding these as well:
    Converge - Last Light & Concubine
    END - Pariah (Produced by Will Putney)
    Botch - Transitions from Persona to Object
    Cult Leader - I Am Healed
    Hopesfall - Open Hands to the Wind
    Mastodon - Iron Tusk
    Frontierer - Bombgnasher

    • Nate _k92
      Nate _k92 Місяць тому

      Will also plays in end lmao

    • Shawn / Riff Ninja Reacts
      Shawn / Riff Ninja Reacts 3 місяці тому

      Hopesfall! Holy shit I haven't heard that band name in awhile. End of an Era used to be my jam!

    • Chris Williams
      Chris Williams 3 місяці тому

      @Mark Servilio Agreed. I still have the vinyl. Time to break it out and crank up the volume!

    • Mark Servilio
      Mark Servilio 3 місяці тому +2

      @Chris Williams severely underrated. 100% there wouldn't be Norma Jean without Botch 🤙

    • Chris Williams
      Chris Williams 3 місяці тому +3

      Botch - We Are The Roman’s is one of my favorite hardcore albums ever. So underrated!

  • Coltin Porter
    Coltin Porter 3 місяці тому +58

    Well thought out list. Even though Im not super into their music, Norma Jean’s Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste is a standout breakdown that should be mentioned

    • kage 「影」
      kage 「影」 3 місяці тому +1

      Either this one or I Used To Hate Cell Phones But Now I Hate Car Accidents

    • benjamin3290
      benjamin3290 3 місяці тому +4

      Norma Jean is a criminally under appreciated band

    • Majestic PB&J Cat
      Majestic PB&J Cat 3 місяці тому +1

      That is a great one. Lots of people mentioning breakdowns that I've always loved but feel like they never get their due.

    • Chris Graffeo
      Chris Graffeo 3 місяці тому +3

      Came here for this. I've never heard that long of silence between notes before that.

    • xwwg1wgax
      xwwg1wgax 3 місяці тому


  • Jason Stiles
    Jason Stiles 3 місяці тому +11

    The ones that come to mind for me (and I’m not well versed in breakdown culture):
    Converge- You Fail Me
    Meshuggah- New Millennium Cyanide Christ
    Opeth- Deliverance
    .. and of course..
    Pantera- Domination

  • M4RCi92
    M4RCi92 3 місяці тому +31

    Some of my favorite breakdowns:
    END - Necessary Death
    Converge - Heartless
    Glass Cloud - She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill
    Architects - Early Grave
    Code Orange - I Am King
    Dillinger Escape Plan - Limerent Death
    Every Stranger Looks Like You - Smoking Crack At Your Funeral
    Minors - Bone Pointer
    Kublai Khan - Self Destruct

  • Paolo Furlanis
    Paolo Furlanis 3 місяці тому +35

    Gotta show some love to the ending to Pantera's By Demons Be Driven
    Double bass: checked
    Chugging riff: checked
    Odd time signature: checked
    Year: 1992
    I guess that the whole list could be filled with Pantera's songs

    • djabthrash
      djabthrash 3 місяці тому

      Not a breakdown because of how "undanceable to" it is.
      Great part tho'.

  • Ch'i Stake
    Ch'i Stake 3 місяці тому +68

    Damn we missed The Saddest Day by Converge. That breakdown is still a mammoth that holds up to me.

    • killaphila666
      killaphila666 3 місяці тому

      Yep also came to say this. Very simple and ive heard other bands do it, but the Concubine breakdown gets me hype too.

    • Jason Loves Music Reacting
      Jason Loves Music Reacting 3 місяці тому

      What about Death King? Such an underrated cut…

    • Ben Forman
      Ben Forman 3 місяці тому

      I literally came here to say The Saddest Day.

    • Ludovic Lorant
      Ludovic Lorant 3 місяці тому

      Oh you couldn't be more right indeed

    • Chris Williams
      Chris Williams 3 місяці тому

      DUDE, YESSSS!!! Forsaken also.

  • Kit Brown
    Kit Brown 3 місяці тому +14

    Just off the top of my head, here's mine in no order:
    1. Unearth - This Lying World (he literally screams breakdown before the breakdown I mean come on)
    2. Botch - To Our Friends in the Great White North
    3. Converge - The Saddest Day
    4. the mid section of Hammer Smashed Face
    5. Pantera - Domination
    6. Arsis - Sadistic Motives
    7. Meshuggah - New Millennium Cyanide Christ
    8. Fit For An Autopsy - Do You See Him?
    9. The Red Chord - Dreaming in Dog Years
    10. Dillinger - 43% Burnt

    • A Plus
      A Plus 3 місяці тому

      My maaaaaaaaaan!

    • PhatNana237
      PhatNana237 3 місяці тому

      Haha yo! Homeboy screaming "Breakdown" is kind of cringe but that is a GREAT breakdown! That Unearth album had a bunch of great breakdowns!
      I chose "Heartless" for Converge tho
      Edit: had to change "Dreaming In Dog Years" to "That Certain Special Ugly" off that Red Chord album too! SO heavy

  • Nelson Shuchmacher Endebo
    Nelson Shuchmacher Endebo 3 місяці тому +19

    Cool list, but let’s all remember how sick the breakdown in Opeth’s Deliverance is. Cathartic as all hell, unforgettable.

    • Ihvann
      Ihvann 3 місяці тому +3

      I was thinking exact the same.... totally missed. Nº 1 to me

    • Majestic PB&J Cat
      Majestic PB&J Cat 3 місяці тому +3

      Oh fuck yeah. That's one of the most satisfying breakdowns ever.

  • Tyler Grant-Peters
    Tyler Grant-Peters 3 місяці тому +8

    The breakdown in strength beyond strength is still to this day one of the heaviest ever

  • Kyle Mcgill
    Kyle Mcgill 3 місяці тому +8

    The breakdown at the end of Doomsayer by Hatebreed is 🔥

    • howie johnson
      howie johnson 3 місяці тому +2

      Everybody bleeds is a good one as well

  • Ryan Schultz
    Ryan Schultz 3 місяці тому +56

    The outro breakdown to Love by Gojira is probably the most interesting and unique one I've ever heard, it's so dark and heavy

    • Billy Nicholls
      Billy Nicholls 3 місяці тому +1

      I was really hoping someone would mention Love. That song and Clone are some of the craziest breakdowns I’ve ever ever.

    • PhatNana237
      PhatNana237 3 місяці тому +5

      Between The Buried and Me - Decade of Statues (Track 2 off COLOURS album) has an incredibly unique breakdown too. The MOST unique for my money.
      Instead of chugs it's a bunch of "Flight of the Bumblebee" esque, not-quite-sweep picking! Check it out if you don't know it! Tho, I'm assuming you prob do as a Gojira fan

  • Dimitri Lemieux
    Dimitri Lemieux 3 місяці тому +35

    I'd add "Liege of Inveracity' from Suffocation to this list, but these are all solid picks!

    • HellBach
      HellBach 3 місяці тому +8

      The whole Pierced from Within album is stuffed to the brim with great breakdowns. Not even mentioning suffocation here is criminal.

    • Cotton Mouth
      Cotton Mouth 3 місяці тому +5

      Jesus wept on Human waste

    • Christer Fredriksson
      Christer Fredriksson 3 місяці тому +6

      I came here hoping someone would mention Liege haha

    • change_inthehouseofflies
      change_inthehouseofflies 3 місяці тому +4

      Yeah, that breakdown pretty much invented slam.

  • D L
    D L 3 місяці тому +8

    That hatebreed album was the first cd I ever bought. My life was changed after that. It’s breakdown central

    • A Plus
      A Plus 3 місяці тому +1

      I love it soooooo fuxkinggggg muccccccchhhhh

  • Finan Vipor
    Finan Vipor 3 місяці тому +18

    Fear Factory- Demanufacture album of the 90's..still sound over the years

  • Dane Vanden Heuvel
    Dane Vanden Heuvel 3 місяці тому +5

    I would add in some early Unearth (maybe One Step Away or Endless) because they kind of elevated the brutal breakdown landscape around the early 2000s. No problems with the rest of the list. Nicely done!

  • just me dee
    just me dee 3 місяці тому +12

    I'm an old metalhead that loves reminiscing on the glory days while also trying to remain current because there is too much good music in the world to be perpetually stuck in a time lock of your youth. Out of all the bands I've seen live over 30 years the one that has absolutely blown me away every time I've seen them is Parkway Drive. Not only is everything they've released top notch but their live shows are a must see experience for any metal fan. I know they're a bit "new school" for the old heads, even though they've been dominating the scene for 15 years, but I'd put them in my top 5 for all-time not only breakdowns but metal bands. In my opinion they've mastered the perfect mix of heavy, melody, technicality and raw energy. If you haven't seen them before, do yourself a favor and make sure you do.

    • Marco Licon
      Marco Licon 3 місяці тому +1

      Check out Sylosis

  • Vinicius Almeida Poço
    Vinicius Almeida Poço 3 місяці тому +29

    Pantera - Domination
    Dir en Grey - Unknown.Despair.Lost
    Dillinger Escape Plan - 43% Burnt
    Meshuggah - New Millenium Cyanide Christ
    Cryptopsy - Benedictine Convulsions
    A new one: Darko US - Pale Tongue

    • Onewhitepony
      Onewhitepony 3 місяці тому

      Good ones..I’ve really been loving some Darko US..just a fun band to listen to! I saw a video of him playing guitar, his guitar is stringed backwards lol..low end on the bottom and high end on the top

  • Brian LaPask
    Brian LaPask 3 місяці тому +52

    Chaos AD record is for sure one of the leaders of the pack, but I would have chosen Dead Embryonic Cells

    • Jason Wilcox
      Jason Wilcox 3 місяці тому

      Yeah I said arise..meant dec.🙃

    • Tore Høy
      Tore Høy 3 місяці тому

      For me Nomad 🤘

    • Majestic PB&J Cat
      Majestic PB&J Cat 3 місяці тому

      @JULIO GARCIA I pretty much said the same thing under another comment here. It's THEE quintessential breakdown.

    • Stephen Winchester
      Stephen Winchester 3 місяці тому


  • Magnar Š.
    Magnar Š. 3 місяці тому +2

    My favourite is Whitechapel's Ear To Ear by far. The build up is perfect and the breakdown is godly.

  • Arturo Cascante
    Arturo Cascante 3 місяці тому +26

    The Ills of Modern Man album from Despised Icon has like the whole album full of pretty sick breakdowns

    • straightlaced
      straightlaced 26 днів тому

      I thought despised would get an honourable mention because they do it so damn well especially on that album. Having said that i cant argue w his list, its solid for sure

    • Chronic Culcha
      Chronic Culcha 3 місяці тому

      Love that album

    • ScottBrunelleMusic
      ScottBrunelleMusic 3 місяці тому

      legendary shit

    • Gregorio Carrillo
      Gregorio Carrillo 3 місяці тому +4

      MVP is the other one

    • buzwa2k
      buzwa2k 3 місяці тому


  • Toby KBTY
    Toby KBTY 3 місяці тому +3

    The chaos of early Meshuggah still hits different. Just absolutely soul crushing, and so happy Future Breed Machine still gets recognition.
    But also awesome list in general. Crowbar, Dillinger, Meshuggah, and a nod to Knocked Loose…lots of good shit

  • lower_flo
    lower_flo 3 місяці тому +4

    HELL YES for Crowbar. Their music definitely does hit different. One of the only bands where I can just listen to their whole discog straight through without a song skip.

  • Jeremy Bogdanovitch
    Jeremy Bogdanovitch 3 місяці тому +1

    One of my all time favorite albums has some of the best breakdowns. Carnivore's Retaliation. Inner Conflict, Angry Neurotic Catholics ect....... Peter Steel at his best imo

  • L-ONE-X
    L-ONE-X 3 місяці тому +7

    Jesus... knocked loose really are absolute beasts.
    One if my absolute faves.

  • Christopher R. Palmyra
    Christopher R. Palmyra 3 місяці тому +14

    My introduction to MESHUGGAH was the "NONE" EP which blew me away as a kid man. We were jamming out some DEMOLITION HAMMER then put on the NONE EP which I had just bought that afternoon and it just totally destroyed me and my buddy, we were hooked from that point on and I had to make tape copies for everyone I knew so I could spread it.

    • A Plus
      A Plus 3 місяці тому

      Hated none but liked everything after.

  • hittinskinz24
    hittinskinz24 3 місяці тому +1

    “Then ten years pass and everything sounds the same to me because I’m old and jaded.” Yup, same here bro. 😂. Solid list and I agree with 98% of it, I probably would have had Lamb of God in there towards the end somewhere

  • matt kotsoros
    matt kotsoros 3 місяці тому +12

    Also agree about Knocked Loose, the last EP was insane!

  • Ryan Miller
    Ryan Miller 3 місяці тому +2

    'In the Rainy Season' -Strapping Young Lad It's almost a happy, atmospheric thing... a huge lift with a slower tempo than 97% of SYL's madness, but still locks you HARD into that simple groove and delayed vocal smeared on top.
    'Deliverance' -Opeth I fuckin' love how it JUST. KEEPS. GOING. It's like the last four minutes of that track, such a killer pattern, the slide guitar lead dub is unique when it goes to doubles, and THEN that last turnaround where it cleans out the ambiance and the Axe's overhead fills go nuts is just unmatched, IMHO.
    'So Heavy' -Psychostick LOL. Just about every cliché we've come to know. The part where they make the pattern so convoluted that they can't even play it right in the video is gold! "Teabag the stage! Teabag the stage!"

    • ApostateofHELL
      ApostateofHELL 3 місяці тому

      SYL "The Critic" is outta the solar system.

  • P Dug
    P Dug 3 місяці тому +8

    Thank you Revolver & Will Putney. Now every time some metal elitist says breakdowns aren’t metal or they come from punk, we can send them here for a history lesson haha great list

    • Phil Singh
      Phil Singh 3 місяці тому +1

      That argument is ridiculous but I hear it all the time. So many 80s/90s hardcore bands were criticized as being metalcore (when the term was derogatory and not its own subgenre) BECAUSE they had breakdowns.

  • André Luiz
    André Luiz 3 місяці тому +3

    Sepultura changed the game forever, so many incredible breakdowns

    • ApostateofHELL
      ApostateofHELL 3 місяці тому +2

      "Dead Embryonic Cells"
      Say no more.

  • Big Al Bigs
    Big Al Bigs 3 місяці тому +3

    Just from da top of ma head I could think of early breakdowns
    #1 Bad Brains Right Brigade 1982
    #2 Cro Mags Don't Tread On 1982
    #3 Agnostic Front Discriminate 1983
    And many many more b4 1986,
    Slayers Jeff Hannemen (RIP 🙏) got all his inspiration of breakdowns from all hardcore bands so!

  • Knowledge God
    Knowledge God 3 місяці тому +23

    He nailed it for sure. I always thought anthrax had some good breakdowns as well. Incendiary has some beefy ones too.

  • MangoGoat
    MangoGoat 3 місяці тому +71

    Gojira-Flying whales
    Pantera- 5 minutes alone
    Knocked Loose- Deadringer
    Slayer- Raining Blood 🐐
    Metallica- One
    Lorna Shore- you know what song
    Hatebreed- Doomslayer

    • Typhoonigator
      Typhoonigator 3 місяці тому +1

      Haha! “You know what song”
      Yeah. That fucking breakdown at the end of Hellfire is otherworldly

    • Bartzabel
      Bartzabel 3 місяці тому +1

      @Break A Leg I'm pretty sure they're talking about To The Hellfire but the Death Portrait breakdown is tooth eatingly great too

    • Jarren Davis
      Jarren Davis 3 місяці тому

      @HellBach oof

    • HellBach
      HellBach 3 місяці тому

      My top 10 are all suffocation songs. The true masters of a breakdown.

    • Ethan Rocks
      Ethan Rocks 3 місяці тому +2

      Knocked Loose- In the Walls

  • Nellanella Perched
    Nellanella Perched 3 місяці тому +3

    I've loved watching knocked loose rise to where they are. I always knew that band hit so fucking hard and they never stopped delivering, album after album.

  • Andrew Mackey
    Andrew Mackey 3 місяці тому +3

    Satisfaction is my favourite Hatebreed album, but Proven is still the undefeated hardcore breakdown IMO.

  • Josh Foreman
    Josh Foreman 3 місяці тому +3

    My favourite is actually by Fit For An Autopsy funnily enough. The song ‘Your Pain Is Mine’. The buildup is so emotional and then it hits with a really eerie dissonant breakdown it never fails to give me goosebumps.

  • Skylar Lysaker
    Skylar Lysaker 3 місяці тому +43

    i agree with will, KL literally has the best breakdowns always

      SVDDERDVZE 3 місяці тому +1

      Uh oh… the keeper of the gate seems to have arrived

    • tyler larson
      tyler larson 3 місяці тому +1

      Lol no

    • Christopher Deftones
      Christopher Deftones 3 місяці тому

      @Jake 😂

    • Jake
      Jake 3 місяці тому +3

      @Christopher Deftones knocked loose is just worse Disembodied with Mickey Mouse vocals.

      SVDDERDVZE 3 місяці тому +1

      Same, saw them at el corazon in Seattle and they were absolutely insane. Sold out on a Wednesday night. I felt like i was 17 going to a hardcore show again. I was 33 lol

  • The Clean Slate Show
    The Clean Slate Show 3 місяці тому +4

    Personally the breakdown in use my third arm by pantera was always a favorite of mine. I find myself screaming the lyrics often

    • A Plus
      A Plus 3 місяці тому

      One of the 2-3 most underrated pantera songs!

  • Chris Williams
    Chris Williams 3 місяці тому +3

    I completely agree with every band and song mentioned. I’ll add Converge - The Saddest Day. Kurt Ballou was the riff master when it came to writing crushing breakdowns. Coalesce - Functioning On Impatience also. Great list!!!

    • A Plus
      A Plus 3 місяці тому

      Love as Arson is pinnacle Converge for me

  • Veyssi
    Veyssi 3 місяці тому +6

    The only problem with the Domination breakdown is that it doesn't hit quite the same on the album. CFH just didn't have that super aggressive and crisp production and tone that we associate with them like on the albums after.

  • B Darknaess
    B Darknaess 3 місяці тому +4

    Great list, but I would like to add one band that to me refined breakdowns and that band is Earth Crisis when they released the song "Firestorm" back in 1993. I think many bands, even those considered "main stream" picked up on that one too. You also have another Syracuse band - Snapcase and the song Fields of Illusions released in '94.

    • salina ember
      salina ember 3 місяці тому +2

      was expecting earth crisis in the video... and was left disappointed....

    • Matt E
      Matt E 3 місяці тому +2

      Earth crisis was the first hardcore band I'd ever heard when I was a kid. They definitely had some bad ass breakdowns and tempo changes that were definitely heavy as fuck. snapcase needs recognition as well on the list. They for sure had one of the most distinct sounds in hardcore. I ❤️ that piccolo snare sound on progression through unlearning

    • kage 「影」
      kage 「影」 3 місяці тому +3

      @NVH52 lol exactly, when he skipped over these and was like "Hatebreed changed hardcore" I was like oh, he's a metalhead lol.

    • NVH52
      NVH52 3 місяці тому +3

      The true pioneers of this kind of stuff, they should be on the list instead of Hatebreed.

    CLETUS C.R 3 місяці тому +13

    I think the creeping death breakdown is also important

  • Robby and His Crypto Dad
    Robby and His Crypto Dad 3 місяці тому +2

    Knocked loose literally saved me. They freshened the genre up! Very tight band! Don't think I'd survive a show... I play guitar and want to be as heavy as them every time I play.

    • Robby and His Crypto Dad
      Robby and His Crypto Dad 3 місяці тому

      @Leon Kennedy absolutely agree. I told my friend that the live show and his vocals probably cut through so much better than lows. Also imagine getting hit by a train head on that's how I think he feels when he's doing what he's doing. Super stressed out tone that only comes from true terror. I love you 😘

  • Shane Barron
    Shane Barron 3 місяці тому +1

    Will Putney is the best producer in heavy music right now. Dude has been making some of my favorite new albums

  • deathbymyside
    deathbymyside 3 місяці тому

    That crowbar breakdown is one off my all time favorites, so damn heavy!

  • Chris Newman
    Chris Newman 3 місяці тому +22

    Great list. Leaves a lot on the table when it comes to Metallica and Pantera. Not sure how you cite the bridge to “One” as the best breakdown on AJFA over the breakdown in “Blackened” or “Harvester of Sorrow”. Iconic song and an iconic section, but not the best breakdown on the album and not even really a breakdown imo.
    As for Pantera, “This Love” is def. innovative with the tempo shift but in a world where “Domination” exists AND pre-dates “This Love”…it just doesn’t stack up. I mean the first four tracks on Far Beyond Driven all have harder breakdowns than “This Love”.

    • Cory Sutton
      Cory Sutton 3 місяці тому

      Not to mention all the drum tracks Lars does on AJFA, were studio magic! He’s never, ever remotely pulled any of those songs off live, we plays “around” the hard parts.

  • 42itous
    42itous 3 місяці тому +3

    Great list and agree with much of this.
    For breakdowns from these bands, I'd also recommend Meshuggah: Suffer In Truth, Crowbar: Like Broken Glass, Pantera: Shedding Skin, and Hatebreed: Smash Your Enemies

  • matt kotsoros
    matt kotsoros 3 місяці тому +2

    Machine head, Sepultura and Pantera were definitely the best OGs imo!

  • Oceanblue
    Oceanblue 3 місяці тому +1

    Pantera's transition from Suicide part I to Suicide part II is mind blowing. Pure genius!!!

  • Eroc M
    Eroc M 3 місяці тому

    I'm so glad you added TERROR to this list and especially that particular song. Seeing them preform live is awesome!

  • Dhobby
    Dhobby 3 місяці тому

    Always loved the breakdown in Declaration that closed Trivium’s Ascendancy album. Good list. Takes me back.

  • Bass Rocks
    Bass Rocks 3 місяці тому +10

    My favorite Crowbar breakdown is the one at the end of The Only Factor, it’s just so disgustingly sludgy and it’s probably my favorite breakdown ever

  • Денис Трусов
    Денис Трусов 3 місяці тому +60

    Slipknot's Disasterpiece has their best breakdown. Also Eyeless. Man, these were filthy ones. They were my gateway to deathcore.

    • djabthrash
      djabthrash 3 місяці тому

      @Chad Weirich fuck yes

    • Squeegied 3rdeye
      Squeegied 3rdeye 3 місяці тому +1

      @Brienne Boucher exactly. This wasn't a list of top death core bands. It was a list of killer breakdowns. Is Slayer or MachineHead considered death core? No. Neither is Slipknot but they have some killer fuckin breakdowns

    • Squeegied 3rdeye
      Squeegied 3rdeye 3 місяці тому

      Hatebreed and DEP on the list but no Slipknot. Got it.

    • Jack Ieronimo
      Jack Ieronimo 3 місяці тому +2

      Yes thank you. I've listened to brutal death, slam, deathcore. Nothing beats Disasterpiece in terms of heaviness IMO

  • TheGameSlave2
    TheGameSlave2 3 місяці тому +4

    Great choices. Will has written some truly devastating breakdowns in Fit and END that I'll never forget.
    Also, Josh Travis has written some utterly filthy breakdowns.
    Knocked Loose is definitely at the top of the breakdown mountain right now too. A Tear In The Fabric Of Life is on another level.

  • Leon
    Leon 3 місяці тому +9

    I like that this video also doubles as a history of breakdowns lol

  • PUCK OFF1983
    PUCK OFF1983 3 місяці тому +5

    Sepultura-Dead Embryonic Cells. Best breakdown ever.

  • Andrew Shirley
    Andrew Shirley 3 місяці тому +12

    WILL! How can you miss out Pantera - Domination? I AM DISAPPOINT . How many Hardcore bands have either covered that or ripped it off? ;-)

  • xTheOxx
    xTheOxx 3 місяці тому +17

    Great picks, but Converge needs a mention in any breakdown list.
    The Broken Vow, Eagles Become Vultures and Dark Horse are top notch.

    • Still Bitter
      Still Bitter 3 місяці тому

      Yeah there are so many awesome breakdowns in their songs.

    • Blake S
      Blake S 3 місяці тому +1

      Ah man, not even touching their best. Locust Reign, Heartless, Conduit, Saddest Day…so many ridiculous ones in their bag

  • Zane Demir
    Zane Demir 3 місяці тому +2

    I was waiting that whole video for him to say Knocked Loose and it made me so happy when he mentioned it at the end 😂

  • dammills
    dammills 3 місяці тому +1

    “Please Shit All Over Me, I Love It” by The Sawtooth Grin has some of my favorite breakdown, be it all unconventional compared to this list. Cuddlemonster is a classic.

  • Joe N
    Joe N 3 місяці тому +1

    I’ve seen people attempt this concept countless times and this is the first one I’ve seen that I couldn’t disagree with a single point made. This dude rules.

  • Nile9876
    Nile9876 3 місяці тому +3

    i personally think Benedictine convulsions has one of the most insane breakdowns. VERY underrated breakdown.
    Also recreant and serial urbicide

    • Nicolás Morgan
      Nicolás Morgan 3 місяці тому

      @Nile9876 yep, such an awesome album from start to finish.

    • Nile9876
      Nile9876 3 місяці тому +1

      @Nicolás Morgan the more i think about it, the graves of the fathers, slit your guts, and orgiastic disembowelment all have INSANE breakdowns

    • Nicolás Morgan
      Nicolás Morgan 3 місяці тому

      Also Graves of the fathers. Enough metal to build 5 Dyson spheres.

  • posisteve
    posisteve 3 місяці тому

    great content. you and I clearly listened to the same jams cuz you nailed it with this list. there are countless examples you could name. only one I thought you'd mention was anything early converge or integrity

  • Ryan Bays
    Ryan Bays 3 місяці тому +1

    So many insane breakdowns out there, and this list is great. But for me its pig destroyer covering "oven" by the Melvin's... So friggin heavy.

  • Mark Resistance
    Mark Resistance 3 місяці тому +4

    Will putney props to you im 49 years old and completely agree . From slayer to knocked loose watched and heard it all fall into place year by year breakdown after breakdown

  • Ira Siegel
    Ira Siegel 3 місяці тому +1

    Cool list. King’s X’s We Were Born To Be Loved has a unique breakdown.

  • 5 Cent Family Fun
    5 Cent Family Fun 2 місяці тому +1

    Love this vid...For me, Domination is the greatest, and I think that Deftones 7 Words has a "I better be careful so I don't drive off the road as I headbang and scream" moment. From more recent stuff, I have to mention Nero Forte by Slipknot...perfection...

  • Simon Bernier
    Simon Bernier 3 місяці тому +2

    Can't we count Creeping Death's part where they sing Die! Die! Die! As a breakdown?

  • Jonathan Yeager
    Jonathan Yeager 3 місяці тому +6

    Sepultura has the best breakdown (in my opinion) in "Beneath the Remains." It happens at 2:07 of the song.

  • Ross Mitchell
    Ross Mitchell 3 місяці тому +1

    I agree with the Pantera analogy. They have shaped most of modern metal and they have so many killer breakdowns it’s unreal. One song which I think deserves a mention is the GO! Breakdown part on Korn’s Freak on a Leash. I know it’s part of a period of time that isn’t looked back on with great fondness but when I first heard that song back in the day it blew me away. Think it won a Grammy if I remember.

  • Ruud De Haan
    Ruud De Haan 3 місяці тому +2

    I was waiting for Knocked Loose and goddamn I’m happy he put them on his list

  • Brian Donnell
    Brian Donnell 3 місяці тому +1

    The breakdown in the song Instinct by Decapitated is one of my all time favorites. That breakdown fucking slaps live, dude.

  • skylord zaneo
    skylord zaneo 3 місяці тому

    Actually the first breakdown was in Metallica's "Escape" on the Ride The Lightning released in 1984. 2 years before 1986 Reign in Blood.

  • Dan
    Dan 3 місяці тому

    Good list. One of my favorites... Blistered Strife. Maybe not ground breaking but the drum roll before/going into it. Sooooo fucking tight.

  • Steven Borrowman
    Steven Borrowman 3 місяці тому +4

    Domination from Pantera is the heaviest riff ever!

  • CasualSetting
    CasualSetting 3 місяці тому +1

    Really can't disagree with the list but I would've added in Suffocation's "Breeding the Spawn" and Pig Destroyer's "Deathtripper". Will Putney is an absolute treasure and is so knowledgeable

  • Rattles02
    Rattles02 3 місяці тому +3

    I would say Sepultura's breakdown in Dead Embryonic Cells was one of the greats for me.

  • Matthew Lock
    Matthew Lock 3 місяці тому +2

    I'd be curious to see a list of your "Top Crowbar Breakdowns."

  • Adave
    Adave 3 місяці тому +6

    Dying fetus has some of the best breakdowns, especially the one in "intentional manslaughter " at about the 1:50 mark.

    • djabthrash
      djabthrash 3 місяці тому


    • Skippy
      Skippy 3 місяці тому

      I would say albums like Purification Through Violence are almost proto-deathcore...it's got that alternate scream/growl vocals, catchy hooks, brutal breakdowns etc. Every modern deathcore band rips off Dying Fetus in some way 😂

    • BG 88
      BG 88 3 місяці тому +2


  • Dylan Thomas
    Dylan Thomas 3 місяці тому

    Would have loved to hear “Down” on here but solid list. I’m happy to hear them mention crowbar!

  • kdiamond
    kdiamond 3 місяці тому +1

    Gonna give some love to Nile. They have some great ones. Sarcophagus is laid back but my favorite. Black Seeds of Vengeance. Cast Down The Heretic. Ithyphallic. No one does it like them.

  • M3tal_Matt
    M3tal_Matt 3 місяці тому

    Will Putney is legend status imo 🤘 his projects whether on guitar or drums or behind the scenes is always killer 💯

  • Lucas Arthurs
    Lucas Arthurs 3 місяці тому +1

    I'm surprised Freak on a Leash wasn't mentioned. I feel like it's breakdown is easily a top 5 of all time.

  • Derek McAuley
    Derek McAuley 3 місяці тому

    Fantastic mate! Agree with the whole chronology. It’s uncanny actually. It’s my 10k running playlist.

  • Donald Bermudez
    Donald Bermudez 3 місяці тому +1

    Indecision. Release the Cure was sick. I love your list.

  • Techdeath Hippie
    Techdeath Hippie 3 місяці тому

    Wills amp collection is beautiful. So much great tone .

  • Daniel Robichaud
    Daniel Robichaud 3 місяці тому

    Please do more Best Breakdown videos by metal brains like Will. This was great.

  • Muad Dib
    Muad Dib 3 місяці тому +1

    I was genuinely surprised for his number 11 he didn't say the end of Contorted in the Faille from the same KL record. That breakdown makes me wanna punch my windshield out every time it hits.

  • chigon89
    chigon89 3 місяці тому

    Great list
    My two favorite drum breakdowns of all time
    Death- Open Casket
    Sepultura- Under Siege

  • CarlitoCloutRiguez
    CarlitoCloutRiguez 3 місяці тому +3

    Also, they left out iconic BEATDOWN and hardcore bands breakdowns from the 90s.

    • kage 「影」
      kage 「影」 3 місяці тому +2

      Yeah lol definitely a list for 0000 chugga metalheads