The song begins with an intro that sounds like it was put together on a Casio keyboard. Frontman Ville Valo
explained to Billboard
magazine that among the influences on "Screamworks" were '80s synth pop artists such as Duran Duran, Kraftwerk, and a-ha. "In the past we used synthesizers to emulate real instruments - piano and strings and all that," he noted. "This time we wanted all the synths to sound like synths. It's a pretty '80s album for us, but I grew up in the '80s and I love the '80s because the '80s, musically, was about melody and huge choruses. That's very essential for me."