This heavy-hitting song was released as the fifth single from The Hunting Party. The album's rock sound came about as a result of vocalist Mike Shinoda's Internet trolling. "I made some 'alternative pop' demos that sounded like they would fit in with what radio is currently playing," he explained to MTV News. "But then I came across a blog piece entitled 'Rock Sucks Right Now And It's Really Depressing.' It got me thinking. I ended up writing a response to it, and realized that what I had been working on wasn't really what I wanted to be making."
The track was co-produced by Emile Haynie, who produced Eminem's Recovery (2010) and Lana Del Rey's Born To Die (2012).
The band released an acoustic version in 2015.
Shinoda said he originally wrote a more complex drum beat but "it had no soul," so Rob Bourdon improvised a new drum groove that was a better fit.
Shinoda initially sang the song in its entirety before giving the lead vocal to Chester Bennington.
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."