Schism

One of the things I love about the Progressive Metal band Tool, is that they don’t feel constrained to write songs in 4/4 time. For you non-musicians, that is the meter you find in much more than 90 percent of rock music. Some bands I wonder if they know anything else. “Schism” is definitely not in 4/4 time.

The song begins with two bars of 5/4, followed by one bar of 4/4, followed by bars of alternating 5/8 and 7/8, until the first interlude, which consists of alternating bars of 6/8 and 7/8.

The following verse exhibits a similar pattern to the first, alternating bars of 5/8 and 7/8. The next section is bars of 6/4 followed by one bar of 11/8. This takes the song back into alternating 5/8 and 7/8. Another 6/8 and 7/8 section follows, and after this the song goes into repeating 7/8 bars.

But that’s not the end of it.

The other thing to love about Tool, is the way the lyrics are crafted. (See this link.) This song is about how a communication breakdown will doom any relationship.

This song is “Schism” by Tool from their 2001 album Lateralus.