Schism (song)

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"Schism"
SCHISMBIG.jpg
Single by Tool
from the album Lateralus
ReleasedJanuary 15, 2001
Format
Recorded2000
Genre Progressive metal
Length6:46
Label Volcano
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) David Bottrill
Tool singles chronology
"Forty Six & 2"
(1998)
"Schism"
(2001)
"Parabola"
(2002)
Promotional cover
Tool schism.png
Cover for the promotional single of "Schism".

"Schism" is a song by American 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. [1] "Schism" was released as a DVD single on December 20, 2005. The DVD contains the music video, audio commentary by David Yow, and a remix by Lustmord.

Tool (band) American alternative metal band

Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Justin Chancellor has been the band's bassist since 1995, replacing their original bassist Paul D'Amour. Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries.

<i>Lateralus</i> 2001 studio album by Tool

Lateralus is the third studio album by American rock band Tool. It was released on May 15, 2001 through Volcano Entertainment. The album was recorded at Cello Studios in Hollywood and The Hook, Big Empty Space, and The Lodge, in North Hollywood, between October 2000 and January 2001. David Bottrill, who had produced the band's two previous releases Ænima and Salival, produced the album along with the band. On August 23, 2005, Lateralus was released as a limited edition two-picture-disc vinyl LP in a holographic gatefold package.

The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The ceremony was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.

Contents

Background

Most of the songs on Lateralus use math and science as metaphors for human issues. Singer Maynard James Keenan says, "They're all about relationships. Learning how to integrate communication back into a relationship. How are we as lovers, as artists, as brothers - how are we going to reconstruct this beautiful temple that we've built and that's tumbled down? It's universal relationship stuff." As for the trademark hook, bassist Justin Chancellor said, "The twiddly 'Schism' riff came from fooling around. I just play as much as possible, and I don't write stuff down - so when I get a good idea, I play it until I can't forget it." [2]

Maynard James Keenan American musician

James Herbert Keenan, known professionally as Maynard James Keenan or MJK, is an American singer songwriter and the vocalist for the rock bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer.

Justin Chancellor musician, Book and record store owner

Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor is an English musician formerly in the band Peach but best known as the bass player for progressive metal band Tool. Chancellor is of English and Norwegian descent. After settling in the US, along with his engagement in his musical projects, he and his wife Shelee Dykman Chancellor ran a store called Lobal Orning in Topanga, California, dedicated to music and literature "that shaped and changed" both of them. The store closed in 2008. He started M.T.Void music project with Piotr "Glaca" Mohammed from Sweet Noise. In October 2012, Chancellor featured as bass player on the song "In the Spirit Of..." on The Fusion Syndicate album, released by Cleopatra Records. His track also appears on the 2014 album The Prog Box.

Overview

"Schism" is known as a prime example of Tool's use of complex rhythms and changing meters. It is also well known for its distinctive bass line throughout. An extended version of the song is performed live. [3] "Schism" is Tool's only entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 67 and staying on the charts for 20 weeks. [4] It also hit number two on both the Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. It almost reached number one on both charts, but was blocked behind Staind's "It's Been Awhile".

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

Alternative Songs is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. It lists the 40 most-played songs on alternative and modern rock radio stations. The chart was introduced as a companion to the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and its creation was prompted by the explosion of alternative music on American radio in the late 1980s. During the first several years of the chart, it regularly featured music that did not receive commercial radio airplay anywhere but on a few modern rock and college rock radio stations. This included many electronic and post-punk artists. Gradually, as alternative rock became more "mainstream", the Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Songs charts began featuring more of the same songs. However, the formats would differentiate themselves by the late 2000s. Today, the Alternative Songs chart favors more indie rock, indie pop, and synth-pop bands while the Mainstream Rock Songs chart favors more alternative rock, hard rock, and heavy metal music.

Staind American rock band

Staind is an American alternative metal band formed in 1995. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki. The lineup has been stable outside of the 2011 departure of Wysocki, who was replaced by Sal Giancarelli. Staind has recorded seven studio albums: Tormented (1996), Dysfunction (1999), Break the Cycle (2001), 14 Shades of Grey (2003), Chapter V (2005), The Illusion of Progress (2008), and Staind (2011). The band's activity became more sporadic after their self-titled release, with Lewis pursuing a solo country music career and Mushok subsequently joining the band Saint Asonia, but they have continued to tour on and off in the following years. As of 2016, Lewis has reiterated that the band has not broken up, and will possibly create another album, but that his current focus is on his solo career. Staind most recently performed live in 2017, and as of 2018, they are on hiatus. The band has sold over 15 million records worldwide. Many of their singles have reached high positions on US rock and all-format charts as well, including "It's Been Awhile", "Fade", "Price to Play", "So Far Away", and "Right Here".

The song is featured in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour .

<i>Guitar Hero World Tour</i> video game

Guitar Hero World Tour is a music rhythm game developed by Neversoft, published by Activision and distributed by RedOctane. It is the fourth main entry in the Guitar Hero series, the sixth on home consoles and the seventh overall. The game was launched in North America in October 2008 for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles, and a month later for Europe and Australia. A version of World Tour for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh was later released.

Time signature

"Schism" is renowned for its use of uncommon time signatures and the frequency of its meter changes. In one analysis of the song, the song alters meter 47 times. [5] 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 three 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 9
8
bars. The section ends with the music hanging suspended over a bar of 9
8
.

The middle section is subsequently introduced at 3:29, maintaining a group of three bars of 6
8
then one of 9
8
until 5:02. Then a series of 8
4
, 10
4
, 8
4
, 8
4
, then 9
8
heading into "Between supposed lovers..." which is a three bar group of 9
8
, 10
8
and 9
8
, played twice.

It breaks down with a measure of 13
8
then 9
8
. 5
8
then 9
8
repeats 3 times then 5
8
and 6
8
once. The signature riff takes over again, 5
8
then 7
8
. The final riff is 8
8
.

The band has referred to the time signature as 6 12
8
. [6]

Track listing

Promotional single
No.TitleLength
1."Schism"6:46
DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Schism" (music video)7:29
2."Schism" (music video commentary)7:29
3."Schism" (Lustmord remix)20:13

Credits and personnel

Tool

Production

Chart performance

Chart (2001)Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 [7] 67
US Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [8] 2
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [9] 2

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