When I talk of writing to music, it’s not just the lyrics that move me but the actual music itself. Listening to heavy metal for the last twenty years, I’ve heard the genre evolve. My tastes have evolved, having gone from speed and thrash metal to Djent and Progressive death metal, more for the feel of the music. It makes me feel the scene harder, makes me write deeper, makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something in the world of words I’m creating. This will probably be an odd list for most of you because my tastes aren’t typical. Those of you who have followed my career already know and understand this. Honestly I won’t lie, I’m not sure “breakdown” is always the proper term, since I know two of these tracks don’t really have a breakdown, but more a crescendo of sound, to my ears anyway.
1. Immerse by Fellsilent. Around 1:55 the breakdown begins and we have harmony from a normally screaming band, then at 2:28 the screaming comes back in mixed with the clean vocals, while that simple high hat keeps the time.
2. Messenger, by Textures. The song is pretty sedate in general, clean vocals, a good groove but what I’d consider the breakdown here, makes for good lyrics in romance, creating angst. “I’m a messenger, I’m not supposed to be here.”
3. Dagger, by Vildhjarta. How can this NOT be on this list? It’s in a few of the top Djent breakdowns for being sick as hell, but it’s also lyrically something I identify with as a writer. “Not that it would matter more but this must be made clear. This is not a confession, this is more like a betrayal.”
4. Fate Stepped In by Devildriver. Yeah, it’s all a fray when Dez kicks in and starts singing, the drums, the guitar work, the image from the video of them doing this live with the lightening in the background, awesome. But then, melody, silent melody until the vocals kick in and we’re all wondering what the fuck’s up with vultures. Great for imagery by the way because my iTunes used to have the tracks from this album out of order so Forgiveness Is a Sixgun is the next track and inspires western/confrontational themes.
5. Born In Winter by Gojira. Yeah, that’s why the French flag was on a recent blog post LOL! This song is mostly calm and tranquil words with dark chords and powerful lyrics, but once the power chords start, the song kicks into overdrive. Slowly though, and I suppose it isn’t really a breakdown, but a point in the song that inspires me to keep pushing, keep writing.
There you have it. How many of you can relate and with what songs? Leave a comment below!