In the intro of the song when Dave's guitar on the open string kicks in, it sounds like straight 8th notes to me. However, in the tabs I've seen, they are displayed as 8th note triplets. Are the tabs wrong or is there something wrong with me?
I don't like metal, but it sounds like Triplets to me.
The rhythm is not consistent throughout the intro. It's actually quite complex. Just play what sounds correct; that probably is correct.
Surely you can just listen to it and make sure it matches with what you're playing ? unless you are trying to notate it.