Schism (song)

Single by Tool
from the album Lateralus
ReleasedJanuary 15, 2001
GenreProgressive metal
Producer(s)David Bottrill
Tool singles chronology
"Forty Six & 2"
Promotional cover
Cover for the promotional single of "Schism".
Cover for the promotional single of "Schism".

"Schism" is a song by American rock 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.


"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.[2] "Schism" is Tool's only entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 67 and staying on the charts for 20 weeks.[3] 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 song is featured in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour.

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