I answered this question, and the question was subsequently closed. I try to flag posts when I see that they are off topic, but I missed this one. The closure caused me to read through this thread, which has been really helpful to me. My understanding now is that this question was closed for potentially two reasons:
- it fails to include a "concrete reference (sheet music, etc.)," and
- it might be asking for mere identification.
Is there any way to ask this question so that it is on topic? In particular, would this work:
What is the technique that the drums and distorted guitar are using from 0:30 to 1:00 of this song? The meter is 4/4, and this meter is established by the intro guitar riff from 0:00 to 0:30. But at 0:30, the drums and second guitarist begin playing a figure that doesn't seem like it's in 4/4 time. The figure also doesn't seem to ever sync back up with the 4/4 time. How would music theory describe the rhythmic nature of this figure occurring from 0:30 to 1:00?
In edited form, this contains a clearer reference to a specific portion of a specific song, and it identifies a particular analytical aspect that the question is about. Additionally, I wouldn't call it a basic analysis question because it's about polymeter-like figure (there are 3-3-5 groupings of eighth notes) which nonetheless deviates from a pure polymeter.
Is this edited form on topic--does it meet the criteria for an analysis question about a specific song? Given the complexity of the passage, I don't think it's the case that "a cursory read of any associated sheet music can give the answer" (a criterion that user16935 described in this post).