The opening instrumental "Remnants
" segues into this cut. Disturbed bassist John Moyer told Artist Direct
the two tracks were originally written as one song. He explained: "Really, it's all one song. That's the initial way it was written, and that's how you're supposed to listen to it with 'Remnants' going right into 'Asylum.' However, we realized there was a point there where we could separate the two tracks if someone doesn't want to listen to the beginning instrumental section and instead go right to the aggressive part. To us, it's one song, and we perform it that way live. It's from the mastermind of Dan Donegan! He's a great songwriter; he wanted to start somewhere different for us. He has no intention of writing the same song twice. You're never going to hear us write another 'Down With The Sickness
.' In his quest to expand what we do as a band, this is a natural progression. We've never done a song with a slow beginning that kicked into this aggressive metal epic. It takes you on a journey, and that was Dan's goal writing it. Lyrically, it was one of the first songs that David was inspired by. It sets the tone for the record and the live show. In our show, we're incorporating aspects of video and imagery that we've never done before. We're trying to take what people think they know about Disturbed to the next level. It's something we've never done before and our audience has never seen us do. 'Asylum' really lends itself well to that."