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The Most Breathtaking 30 seconds

What are your most breathtaking 30 seconds in music you've ever heard? Short pieces or climaxes that you would put a whole album on just for these satisfying and truly fulfilling moments. They can be passages that work phenomenally on their own, or parts that only work withing the context of their greater work. Listen to this list on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Hvvd7OfaMTtGcrO0NAdmF?si=3le-QyZ8TUarhqOqrj_7ZQ
1Mono
Hymn to the Immortal Wind


Everlasting Light - 9:30-10:00, by Scheumke
The conclusion to a very slow and emotional instrumental song. A review on sput described this climax as standing on the edge of a cliff. Whether the conclusion ends with you stepping away or falling off is for you to decide, but I've always found this part to be so filled with anticipation that I will literally hold my breath for its conclusion.
2Ne Obliviscaris
Citadel


Painters of the Tempest - Part II - Triptych Lux - 15:20-16:00, by Scheumke
I like properly build-up climaxes it seems. This one comes as the conclusion of a tapestry of blackened prog-death goodness. All the individual pieces of the puzzle align in a glorious soaring crescendo that sounds to me like the gates of heaven opening up (and I'm not even religious).
3God Is an Astronaut
All Is Violent, All Is Bright


Suicide By Star - 3:49-4:30, by Sinternet
the double bass drumming at the end of God Is an Astronaut - Suicide by Star always gets me
4Trespassers William
Different Stars


In a Song - 3:20-4:00, by JesperL
second chorus of in a song by trespassers william, like 3:20 - 4:00 ish. so damn gorgeous
5The Field
Yesterday and Today


Leave it - 7:55-8:25, by Trifolium
https://youtu.be/hy6xvN9UcZU
The way this amazing bassline is introduced and slowly emerges from the shuffle is mindblowing. One of my fave moments in music. It cannot be caught in 30 seconds, the whole track revolves around this beautiful line emerging from the depths and its synergy with the beat fitting better every iteration, but this is how it is reintroduced in the tracks final minutes. Glorious.
6Underworld
Beaucoup Fish


Cups - 0:50-1:20, by Trifolium
https://youtu.be/FKMHAiXBkSs
Hi Underworld. That bassline is such a killer, and how they introduce the beat by putting you on the wrong leg and jerking the rug from under your feet is a genious move. It works time and time again. Can't touch peak Underworld.
7Between the Buried and Me
The Parallax II: Future Sequence


Telos - 6:00-7:00, by TundraL5Z
6:00 to 7:00 of Telos by btbam 'I mean, this one is a bit obvious I feel like, everything in this section works imo and is one the most "bring to nirvana" like section on Parallax 2 for me.
8Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'


Piss Crowns Are Trebled - 5:25-7:00, by thedoom
A bit longer than 30 secs, but that climax from 5:25 to 7:00 makes me feel all kind of things.
9Converge
All We Love We Leave Behind


Trespasses - 2:22-2:43, by TheMightyScoop
10OM
Conference of the Birds


At Giza - 13:12-end, by DopeFiend
13:12 onwards. basically every album by this band is a transcendental experience
11Counterparts
You're Not You Anymore


You're Not You Anymore - 3:07-3:57, by MELONADE13
12Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


Shine on You Crazy Diamond pt 6-9 - 4:38-4:59, by dedex
Everytime I wanna cry
13Nas
Illmatic


It ain't Hard to Tell (Nas & GY!BE Four Tet Mix) - 1:50-4:05, by dedex
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u255K97aXEY
A godly Nas x Godspeed remix. It's longer than 30 sec, but it can't do no harm
14Sigur Ros
( )


Untitled III - 4:49-5:19, by Icebloom
The most beautiful climax I know…just magical, when the piano shoots up an octave after minutes of building up.
15Isis
Panopticon


So Did We - 0:00-0:30, by Icebloom
The first thirty seconds of So Did We never fail to blow me away completely. (Movement lasts exactly 30 seconds, by the way – very satisfying.)
16Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada


Blaze Bailey Finnegan III - 11:54-12:04, by Icebloom
The climax of all climaxes, honourable mention for the best 10 seconds in music.
17Alexisonfire
Dog's Blood


Dog's Blood - 4:15-4:43, by onionbubs
really the entire outro section but specifically 4:15-4:43 to keep it about 30 sec
18Sorority Noise
You're Not As ____ As You Think


No Halo - 2:06-2:30, by madrigal30
19The Dillinger Escape Plan
Miss Machine


Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants - 2:12-2:42, by JohnnyoftheWell
Jazz break into total carnage, and then a final chorus where they mangle the rhythm beyond all recognition. Post-Patron Dillinger 101
20Unwound
Fake Train


Valentine Card/Kantina/Were, Are Was Or Is - 5:15-5:35, by JohnnyoftheWell
First chorus of Kantina - this track is pure misanthropy and desperation, Unwound down to the bone with the sweetest, dirtiest noise they ever played
21Melt-Banana
Charlie


Introduction for Charlie - 0:29-0:59, by JohnnyoftheWell
This album kicking off is the most intense sound in the world. One of the most visceral, memorable openings ever
22Refused
The Shape of Punk to Come


New Noice - 0:50-1:20, by SlothcoreSam
My 30 secs flooring would be the 5 seconds before Dennis let's lose with "CAN I SCREAM" and then the next 25 seconds.
23Satanic Warmaster
Strength & Honour


Wolves of Blood and Iron - 4:43-5:42, by garas
This song has a completely satisfactory ending (4:43-5:42). The moment when the synths join in... and the last chord... ahhh, so perfect. One of the best black metal songs ever. (This song exist in different versions, and the one I'm talking about is on the split album with Archgoat.)
24Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye


The Manifold Curiosity, by VisionsFromTheDarkSide - the bit near the end where it breaks from the massive wall of noise into the black metal riff. Absolutely mind-blowing.
25Type O Negative
Bloody Kisses


Christian Woman - 4:21-5:00, by BigHans
The part where Type O Negative - Christian Woman goes acoustic.
26Brian Eno and David Byrne
Everything that Happens Will Happen Today


I Feel My Stuff - 3:55-4:27, by grannypantys
has a great interlude from 3:55-4:27 that makes the song.

A very surprising guitar solo arises that is simple yet very emotive
27mewithoutYou
Pale Horses


Lilac Queen - 2:20-3:20, by IronGiant
in honor of the recent news, one of my favorite mwY moments: a little longer than the allotted amount but the build up in Lilac Queen, from about 2:20 - 3:20, ending with "BUT I, RACING THE SUN, I ROSE, HASTENING LEST THY GATES BE CLOSED, BUT I.... I WAS BORN OF A THOUGHT OF MINE, I WAS BORN OF A THOUGHT OF MINE!"
28Oceansize
Frames


Trail of Fire - 6:00-6:30, by wojodta
29Opeth
Blackwater Park


Bleak - 6:40-end, by Egarran
It's 40 seconds, but Opeth - Bleak at 6:40- never fails to give me goosebumps.
30The Chariot
Long Live


The City - 3:20-3:59, by kris.
the last like 45 seconds of the city by the chariot when the instruments cut for half a second and josh is screaming THIS IS A REVOLUTION and the floodgates open and the oooohs start shit gives me chills every time
31dredg
El Cielo


The Canyon Behind Her - 3:02-3:32, by gschwen
32Kaddisfly
Horses Galloping on Sailboats


The Author - 3:07-3:37, by gschwen
33Restorations
LP3


Separate Songs - 2:27-2:57, by gschwen
34Omega Massif
Karpatia


Steinernes Meer - 6:14-6:44, by RogueNine
The 6:14 mark of Steinernes Meer by Omega Massif. Idk about my #1 but that one's up there.
35Gospel
The Moon Is a Dead World


A Golden Dawn - 4:13-5:14, by BlazinBlitzer
I'll also cheat a little here, but this right here is one of the most breathtaking moments ever recorded. Desperate vocals, masterful guitar production, perfect bass sound, and drums flying about. That's not to mention the lyrics, which are arguably as impactful as the music.
36Swans
White Light From the Mouth of Infinity


Blind - 0:00-0:30, by qwenta
Best start ever.
37Prefab Sprout
Steve McQueen


Bonnie - 1:50-2:20, by Let
That perfect guitar tone on that beautful solo!
38Falls of Rauros
Patterns in Mythology


Last Empty Tradition - 0:00-0:42, by Egarran
Re: Best start, I love the surprisingly noodly beginning of Falls of Rauros - Last Empty Tradition
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