Guitarist Synyster Gates told MusicRadar.com
that for this song, "We wanted a really impactful, riff-based intro but one that would also feature our dual lead harmony approach. It's pretty cool how it fits into the slow groove of the track and just hammers through."
Gates added that all his solos were improvised initially – the guitarist would go in, get his bearings and see what he came up with. For this song he, "was hearing something chaotic in the intro, a machine-gun spray that would build into something more melodic."