Lead guitarist, Nick Hipa, told MusicRadar.com
how he came up with the song's riff: "Riffs can be very funny things, the way they come about," he said. "There's no real secret. 'Cauterize' was a song that Josh (Gilbert, bass and clean vocals) brought in. He's really good at coming up with riffs. I don't think that he looks at the guitar in a technical sense; he just looks at it in a writing sense. He had a lot of the arrangement worked out. What happens is, we all record individually and e-mail things to one another. So when we get in a rehearsal room, there's a lot of ideas going around."