The song originated with guitarist Dan Donegan's riff, then frontman David Draiman improvised the lyrics, which are heavily influenced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. "I was so inspired being back in the room with a new producer Drew Fulk," Donegan recalled to Revolver
. "I said, 'Throw a beat at me that's aggressive and straightforward, just driving.'"
After Donegan wrote the riff to go with Fulk's beat, Draiman started scatting the melody, and the words "bad man" came out, which were "a bit inspired about world events that were happening and on his mind."