If riffs are the cake then breakdowns are the creamy frosty that hold a song together. The last 10 years has featured some absolute beauties, and here are 13 of the best.
PARKWAY DRIVE - HORIZONS
Some breakdowns have the power to make you feel a little whimper, yet some breakdowns have the power to wash over you like a 10 foot tidal wave. This is one such breakdown.
NORTHLANE - QUANTUM FLUX
Definitely a wildcard but still as brutal as it comes in their field, Northlane have some real heard beats under their belt.
CODE ORANGE - FOREVER
Code Orange are changing the game when it comes to heaviness and the title track to their latest record is as explosive and experiemental as it gets.
BREAKDOWN OF SANITY - WHEN SILENCE BREAKS
Oh Breakdown Of Sanity, how we miss thee. When you're writing the sort of songs where it is difficult to pin down just one breakdown that is the most brutal, you know you're doing something right.
SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL - KING
From Russia with love. Slaughter To Prevail have no interest in how much your hearing is affected by their output, as this disgusting pick from their debut album demonstrates.
CARNIFEX - IN COALESCE WITH FILTH AND FAITH
Carnifex have produced more gut busting breaky ds than you've had hot dinners my mosh ready friend. This particular slot from way back in 2008 is a particular highlight of their repetoire.
BURY TOMORROW - STORMBRINGER
A relatively new moment but no less utterly debaucherous. Bury Tomorrow really found their feet here.
BRING ME THE HORIZON - SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN
'Suicide Season' still stands up as one of the scene's most inventive and utterly intoxicating releases, and it featured some proper skin peeling moments.
BLACK TONGUE - IN THE WAKE OV THE WOLF
Black Tongue loved to push boundaries with their heaviness.
TRAITORS - THE HATE CAMPAIGN
Find us an angrier band than Traitors. Go on, try it. The number of layers that make up this beast's breakdown made us dribble a little bit from pure joy. Punch your best mate.
THY ART IS MURDER - THE SON OF MISERY
Almost demonic in delivery, this is Thy Art at their most malevolent. Their whole back catalogue could go here but there's some so brilliantly evil about this offering that it had to take pride and place.
WAGE WAR - HOLLOW
THE ACACIA STRAIN - CAUTERIZER
The Acacia Strain have made a business out of being heavier than everyone else, and business continues to be good.