11 Greatest Breakdowns Ever: From Slayer to Knocked Loose

At this point in metal's timeline, the crushing breakdown is as much of a sonic cornerstone as the mighty riff. We had mosh part maestro Will Putney — producer for A Day To Remember, Every Time I Die, Knocked Loose, etc., and founder of deathcore crushers Fit For an Autopsy — take us through the history and evolution of the breakdown. From the first extreme guitar chugs of Slayer's 1986 masterpiece "Raining Blood" to the face-bashing brutality of modern hardcore heroes Knocked Loose, these are the 11 greatest breakdowns of all time. Watch now.