(Cross-posted from Insane Guitar, which is my online guitar home but has no music theory nerds)
So I'm learning this awesome song (which rules, by the way), and I realized that the main riff describes a pair of diminished triads a half-step apart, with octave displacement.
Then I look at the next riff (the string-skipping picking riff with the ridiculous jumps and stretches) and realize that it contains small "sets" or "cells," much like mid-era Schoenberg. That is to say, it's a lot like early atonal music in the way it's put together.
I am going to investigate further as I go through with learning the song. I may write a paper on this and give it to my theory professor, just to mess with him.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOb6JSQd-Qw]YouTube - Cannibal Corpse - Frantic Disembowelment (Guitar, Bass & Drums)[/VIDEO]
EDIT: I may just post a video once I'm done with it, if I ever get my ass in gear and do it. I will be inordinately proud of myself if I can.
This song does rule. Alex Webster is just a fucking monster, isn't he? Pat, too. Those guys