The song originated when Halestorm were traveling to the studio wondering what they were going to write about. Inspiration struck when they spotted a bunch of vultures who were chewing on something. Guitarist Joe Hottinger recalled to Louder Sound
"We thought, 'Black Vultures! That's a good title!' Something's about to die, or they think something is about to die, and from our prospective we were thinking, 'We're not dead, mother---ers!'"