Top 10 Sickest Breakdowns of All Time

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Top 10 Sickest Breakdowns of All Time

The folks from Loudwire presented a fun little rundown of top 10 breakdowns of all time.

You can check out the list below, watch the embedded clip for the actual tunes.

Top 10 sickest breakdowns according to Loudwire

10. Norma Jean - Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste
9. Cryptopsy - Benedictine Convulsions
8. Suicide Silence - No Pity for a Coward
7. Converge - The Saddest Day
6. Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face
5. The Dillinger Escape Plan - 43% Burnt
4. Suffocation - Funeral Inception
3. Meshuggah - New Millennium Cyanide Christ
2. Slayer - Raining Blood
1. Pantera - Domination

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    A list of top breakdowns without Unearth, nah!
    They are such an underrated band as a whole, and their live performance is killer as well, their energy is amazing.
    Finally saw them recently and blew my mind. The pits were insane. BTW, I'm just happy that they got one MA band on here (Converge). They definitely need some more bands on here from New England though. Hatebreed always had killer breakdowns. And not New England, but Every Time I Die.
    Domination was the first thing that came to my mind😅 May I add " Blood and Thunder" and " Hourglass"?
    No mention of Sepultura's Dead Embryonic Cells? That list is shite!
    Dude! I came here to post this. Good call!! I can't tell you how many times I've listened to that album on repeat, all day. Every time I hear that part in Dead Embryonic Cells, it forces me to reach for the axe.
    Best comment on here, crazy not to mention one of the first and best breakdowns ever.
    Norma jean-grand scene for a color film has the best breakdown I've heard.
    Lol at how everyone here gets butthurt at every list because there fav band is not in it. But seriously though, every breakdown top 10 list without unearth, parkway drive, chimaira, machine head, BMTH, august burns red, lamb of god, the ghost inside, despised icon, whitechapel and KSE is shit.
    MurphySanders7 · Jul 28, 2017 02:08 PM
    Nice!! What I enjoy is Hatebreed's Divine Judgement: starts from 1:30, explodes around 2 : 00. Goosebumps every time!!
    Not exactly sure what counts as breakdown, but what the hell, it's fucking awesome.
    I think Meshuggah - Future Breed Machine has a much better breakdown than New Millennium Cyanide Christ. @3.39
    Well yeah, "Domination" is obviously number one. I have to restrain myself every time that part comes on or else I'll kill everyone around me..."DIME MADE ME DO IT!" But seriously, how is "Laid To Rest" by Lamb of God not on here????? "See who gives a f--k!!!!!"
    Not a bad list! Some on my personal favourites would include: Gojira - many from FMTS, especially Flying Whales, Backbone, The Heaviest Matter BTBAM - again many, e.g. Foam Born (B) with its weird jazzy breakdown, White Waaaaalls, Augment of Re-Birth, Telos Dissection - Beyond the Horizon (this one is very Raining Blood-like )
    The "GO" riff from The Heaviest Matter of the Universe is the heaviest thing ever written. Telos has an amazing breakdown too, but to me BTBAM's best is Mordecai.
    I think "Dream no more" has a pretty rad breakdown after the solo. 
    The breakdown in cafo by AAL at the end is epic. Any old pwd breakdowns, some lamb of gob, august burns red.
    My two cents: "This Love" by Pantera has a pretty tasty half-time breakdown starting with the line, "no more head trips..." Breakdown:
    Full Song:
    Where's Dead Embryonic Cells? And if by "sickest" they mean heavy, they never heard any slam death metal ¬¬
    Any Black Tongue or Infant Annihilator breakdown or Benblast by Vildhjarta. Now that's Sick