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What are 'breakdowns'?

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by Hammer of Might, Dec 24, 2003.

  1. Hammer of Might

    Hammer of Might New Metal Member

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    I've heard people talking about sections in songs called 'brealdowns'.

    So...err...what are they exactly? Is it when the song has a completely different section where a lot of instruments drop out or something?

    :err:
     
  2. genocide roach

    genocide roach DOOOOOOOOOOM

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    slow and sludgy mid sections, usually in hardcore/metalcore songs. typically limited to only a couple chords. often very rythm based.

    pretty much take a fast riff and then you bring it down to half speed. thats a break down. its very easy to "rock out" to.

    i dunno if you still have my bands songs. but that slow and sludgy part in "crushing the cranial member" is a breakdown.
    ~gR~
     
  3. Hammer of Might

    Hammer of Might New Metal Member

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    Ok thanks gr, I'll check it out. :D
     
  4. genocide roach

    genocide roach DOOOOOOOOOOM

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    any time, i like shamelessly plugging my songs hahah
    ~gR~
     
  5. FailingAcension

    FailingAcension Spiffy, eh?

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    New sig, eh? Well well, lets see here...The only ones I know are Edain, Mrannon, and dúr.:lol:
    But I could easily transcribe it into Tengwar.:) hahaha...
     
  6. Hammer of Might

    Hammer of Might New Metal Member

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    [0hr]Sunlapse Wraith

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    so would that "pumped with fluid, inside your brain" part of Slayer's "Angel of Death" be a breakdown? that part seriously rocks.
     
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    FailingAcension Spiffy, eh?

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    If you're asking me to transcribe it, I would, but I can't post it here....I mean, I really will if you want me too and then post the letters and you can copy and paste it and then switch the font back. But thats just if you were talking to me.:p
     
  9. LuminousAether

    LuminousAether My name is Distance

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    I don't remember the Slayer part you are talking about, but I've definitely heard a few breakdowns in Slayer's music. That's why I don't think breakdowns make a band metalcore, because non-metalcore bands have breakdowns as well.
     
  10. Stormwatch

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    Yeah, I don't think "breakdowns" only happen in one genre. I'd say, if you have a fast song, belting along, then it suddenly goes into a slower section - that's a breakdown. "Angel Of Death" is a great example.
    I suppose they're like codas, but I'm no expert. :)
     
  11. Life Sucks

    Life Sucks and then you die

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    Insision's World Impaled has my favorite breakdown ever in it, and Insision is brutal death metal.
     
  12. mrweijia

    mrweijia Meh

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    I always thought breakdowns were like those things in techno: "Break it down! Umps umps umps umps!"
     
  13. Helvete

    Helvete Solid Swedish Metal

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    I think that it´s very common in thrash to, not just Slayer.
     
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    SADUDE lunatic of god's creation

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    a breakdown as far as a common metal song know to all or in slayer is in raining blood right after they return to the intro riff in the middle of the song the part that is like duhduh duhduh duhduh etc....

    Breakdowns are usually mostly a combo of open notes, alternating with palm mutes. They have lots of rests which is common to have a snare hit or some drum thing as the guitar part rests. THats just a quick generalization though.
     
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    genocide roach DOOOOOOOOOOM

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    hehehe, i can transcribe it. or... you can goto tara's website and look it up :D . its the ring verse
    ~gR~
     
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    SculptedCold -scented manbeef-

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    forsaking a technical description, a breakdown is a transition in a song usually going from a quick to a medium pace, and designed to get you headbanging. They're really impossible to miss; if you're not sure whether it's a breakdown or not, it probably isn't. In heavier music especially, it's often identified as fast and furious riffing turning into a heavy mid-paced chug. The first one that comes to mind is Cryptopsy's Graves of the Fathers. If you've got any idea of what a breakdown is meant to be, you'll know exactly the part I mean!
     
  17. Hammer of Might

    Hammer of Might New Metal Member

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    Right, I reckon I'd easily be able to spot oe now! :p

    Thanks
     
  18. anonymousnick2001

    anonymousnick2001 World's Greatest Vocalist

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    It's also generally when the music'll slow down, and the band will play a gigantic mosh riff, or something like that. Melodic stuff shows up sometimes, too, although then it's usually called a bridge. Breakdown usually implies a simplification of the music.

    It's funny because, live, bands will stop the music and say something like "I wanna see this place become a fuckin' WAR ZONE!" or "I want every motherfucker in this place going fuckin insane right the fuck RIGHT NOW!" or some other comment like that. I went to Headbangers' Ball, and every band did that at least once.
     
  19. LuminousAether

    LuminousAether My name is Distance

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    Now that we all know what breakdowns are, what do you consider to be the best of the best? Here's some that I heartily enjoy:

    Beloved - Death to Traitors
    There's probably 5 or 6 awesome breakdowns in this song, I love the part "we were born for battle, without vision we will die! we were born for battle, against the tide of compromise!" it never fails to get me riled up.

    Bleeding Through - Sweet Vampirous
    This is the second song on their latest album, This is Love, This is Murderous... the first song also has some awesome breakdowns but the second half of this 1:24 long song is almost all one huge breakdown which utterly rules.

    hastetheday - Substance
    Right when this song kicks in you know you are in for a ride with rabid Zao-esque vocals screaming at a blistering pace and then when the song hits a breakdown... it's impossible to not headbang.
     
  20. anonymousnick2001

    anonymousnick2001 World's Greatest Vocalist

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    I think Hatebreed have awesome breakdowns in like, every song.
     

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