This Dave Mustaine penned song was written by the Megadeth frontman for inclusion in the 2010 music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, which was released on September 28, 2010 in North America. The song itself was released as a single on iTunes four days previously. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Mustaine said, "I thought it was a great idea for us. We've had experience with games in the past, and our songs have been in sports games and Grand Theft Auto, but we never really got into the Guitar Hero thing. When they talked to us about doing this, I never imagined it would be something this honorable."
Only once in my career have I had this happen before," Mustaine added, referring to 1991's soundtrack for Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, to which Megadeth contributed "Go to Hell." "We had written something and Interscope told me to make the lyrics even darker. Activision heard the track, and said, 'We want more solos on it.' And I said, OK, I can do that.'"