One of my absolute favourite things in music is the little touch of when a band drops out all music for about a second and the singer delivers a line unaccompanied, at which point the song kicks in again. It is just one of the little touches like cymbal chokes or guitar solos (although they are much rarer and more specific) that really, really set off my musical enjoyment.
They usually come in before the chorus or three quarters of the way thorugh the song after a bridge just before the more energetic and usually final version of an existing verse or chorus comes in.
The following is a list of several such instances, with an asterix indicating a similar event where almost all the music cuts out, but some feedback or one riff turned way down is still played underneath as opposed to complete silence.
Dozer: – Rising: ‘I Kick You Down To See You Fall’
Entombed: – Flexing Muscles: ‘…Jerking Off While Flexing’*
Jasta: – Walk That Path Alone: ‘…You Walk That Path Alone, Fuck!’
Judas Priest: – A Touch Of Evil: ‘…You’re Possessing Me!’
Lamb Of God: – As The Palaces Burn: ‘…In Such A World As This Does One Dare To Think For Themselves’
Machine Head: – Davidian: ‘Let Freedom Ring With The Shotgun Blast’
Pantera: – Fucking Hostile: ‘Awwww Fucking Hostile’
Rainbow: – A Light In The Black: ‘I’m Coming Home’
Slayer: – New Faith: ‘I Keep The Bible In A Pool Of Blood So That None Of Its Lies Can Effect Me’
Queensryche: – Revolution Calling: ‘Who Do You Trust When Everyone’s A Crook?’
Trivium: – In Waves: ‘…In Waves’