Birth and the Burial is the debut album from Act of Defiance, a heavy metal supergroup formed in 2014 by by ex Scar the Martyr vocalist Henry Derek Bonner, former Megadeth members Chris Broderick (guitar) and Shawn Drover (drums), and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand. Thematically, the band explore their own personal experiences on the record. Chris Broderick explained that this song, "is about a person who is constantly casting out negativity and betrayal and trying to deceive those around him, but we hope that fans will take these lyrics and put their own personal meaning to them."
He added, "You never want to make them so specific to any particular situation, and I think a lot of these experiences are really relatable."
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) " borrows four bars from Notorious B.I.G's "The World Is Filled." Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls attended Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn, New York at the same time.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.