The part in a piece of music, typically a dance track or pop song, where the texture is decreased, to give a softer, more low-key mood, usually before the texture of the music is brought up again to raise the emaotional level.
"I like the bit just before the break down."
by Dan Brown August 29, 2003
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very popular in most styles of music which involve men wearing thier sisters pants screaming about thier ex girlfriends and period pains. a chugging action performed on guitar which only one arm is needed to perform, one armed retards, aswell as, normal retards, love this because, it's an excuse not to have a riff which takes time to write and practice to perfect, people who enjoy this usally start having fits and waving thier arms and legs around trying to be as gay as they can in the biggest amount of space possible.

drumming for a breakdown is just basically a drummer trying to hit every tom, cymbal, and the snare at the exact same time.
those wildmillers are playing breakdowns
by Unclesht July 18, 2010
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A hardcore guitar riff used in tight songs.
HXC KID: check out this brutal breakdown
iPOD: duh, duh-uh-duh duh
by qwertykiller October 05, 2005
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A part of many Hard/Deathcore songs, that in many real metal fan's opinions, ruins the entire genre.
Deathcore kid: Waking the cadaver's entire album is like a breakdown!
Metalhead: That must be why it's so terrible!
by rhiehn June 17, 2010
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A word used by people who think they know something about music. It is not a term used by musicians and it usually discredits the person that is using it. Usually just a guitar riff that brings out the rhythm in shitty (cliched) music.
Chico: This breakdown is cool!
Real Musician: You're fucking gay.
by Blocko July 27, 2005
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a part in a song of any genre where the music is played usually in slower time or tempo and is slower and more rhythmic and will usually repeat oa number of riffs. has nothing to do with guitars, vocals or any other instrument other than drums. all the bullshit you see about its being a "brutal part of a hxc/metal song where people hxc dance" is 100% bull shit. most breakdowns have no relativity to brutalness.
The breakdown at the end of "Streetcar" by Funeral for a Friend is a prime example of a breakdown.
by DanielDandy November 23, 2007
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They are a sad excuse for music, they usually sound terrible and it seems like bands have contests to make the slowest one. They are the least heavy part of the song camouflaged into being the heaviest part, when you play heavy or brutal, you are usually playing fast, hitting a cord and having the drummer play slow as shit is boring, slow music is boring...
some "hardcore" kid: hey brahsky did you check that new blood for blood song, it has got a song where all it is, is a breakdown!

me: that sounds like the lamest shit I've ever heard in my life.
by Gauzex August 30, 2007
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