Schism (6:47)

Cover of Lateralus

From Lateralus and 36 other releases

Schism” is a song by American alternative metal / progressive metal band Tool. It was the first single and music video from their third full-length album, Lateralus. In 2002, Tool won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song.

“Schism” was released as a DVD single on December 20, 2005. The DVD contains the music video, dual-commentary by David Yow, and a remix by Lustmord.

“Schism” is known as a prime example of Tool’s use of complex rhythms and changing meters. An extended version of the song is performed live.

Song meter
A possible analysis of the meter changes is found in the August 2001 issue of Guitar One magazine. As transcribed by Adam Perlmutter, the song starts in 5/4 for one measure followed by 21 measures of 6/4 (or 5/8 and 7/8 alternating), up to the first interlude, which is a bar of 3/8, three bars of 13/8, and a bar of 10/8. (This can be also interpreted as four 13/8 bars, but played with a 3/8 upbeat.) The next verse is eight bars of 6/4 followed by another interlude that fits the same pattern as the first. The next section is four bars of 6/4 followed by one bar of 11/8. Another eight-bar verse in 6/4 follows, with an interlude containing the same as before, except the final 10/8 bar is replaced with an 11/8 bar setting up the middle section, which is four bars of 7/4 before settling into a pattern of alternating 12/8 and 15/8, one bar each, twelve times.

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  • Thonydef

    even to this day I am sooooo happy this was the first song i heard from them back when. I was hooked ever since!

    16 Dec 11:35pm Reply
  • Gellies

    Definitely one of my favorite songs ever!

    8 Dec 5:24pm Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing Song!

    22 Oct 9:18pm Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86

    great!!!!!

    4 Oct 5:43pm Reply
  • blackmetalfromf

    Awesome song from an awesome group

    3 Oct 5:33am Reply
  • LivewireHush

    One of my favorite songs.

    3 Sep 1:26am Reply
  • d1gitalbybirth

    what the Fuck IS THIS ABOUT??

    29 Aug 7:29am Reply
  • corpsetastic

    This song would be the last boss if a game was created with music as the foundation... I cannot find a fucking flaw in its composition...

    13 Aug 2:27am Reply
  • Skaddar

    Love their spiritual vibe.

    20 Jul 12:49pm Reply
  • Dario97

    It's masterpieces like this that remind me that there is some beauty left in the world. I'll never get enough of this.{12]

    21 Jun 4:09pm Reply
  • Theomegalisten

    a song that marks the true power of rock music and makes me wanna disregard all other forms of music [2]

    3 Jun 5:30pm Reply
  • VineNewtt

    Põe fogo na casa do diabo, vamos louvar o lúcifer.......

    29 May 11:09pm Reply
  • arvind_widearc

    a song that marks the true power of rock music and makes me wanna disregard all other forms of music

    24 May 12:42pm Reply
  • bebikeks

    one of the best intros to a song ever

    20 May 4:32pm Reply
  • Matias_Crowley

    vengan pa chileeeeeee

    4 May 3:57pm Reply
  • Maidelane

    It's masterpieces like this that remind me that there is some beauty left in the world. I'll never get enough of this.{11]

    10 Mar 5:42pm Reply
  • Caelin

    It's masterpieces like this that remind me that there is some beauty left in the world. I'll never get enough of this. ~<> [10]

    28 Feb 12:58pm Reply
  • acm323

    Anyone notice how similar this sounds to "Moving in Stereo" by The Cars? I don't really care. I love both songs.

    15 Feb 11:42am Reply
  • pichipoyen

    Tremendo temazo!!!!

    13 Feb 4:44pm Reply
  • rew850

    It's masterpieces like this that remind me that there is some beauty left in the world. I'll never get enough of this. ~<>{9]

    13 Feb 5:32am Reply
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