This was the last song that Slayer guitarist Kerry King put together musically for Repentless
. "There were like six or eight other songs already done with keeper drums, keeper guitars, and keeper bass," he told Artist Direct
. "There were no leads or vocals because I had just gotten done writing music. 'Pride' was the last one I made up that actually made the record. I was going to save that for the next record because I was just done working at that point. Tom (Araya, vocals) wanted to work on it and I said, 'Sure man, knock yourself out.' He basically did the vocals on his own."
"That clean intro, I was just waiting for Paul (Bostaph drums) to come back inside," King continued. "I think he was outside on the phone at rehearsal. I was just d--king around on guitar playing that clean part. He asked, 'What's that?' I said, 'I don't know. I just made it up." That's how simple things become Slayer songs. It's remember it, record it on something, and come back to it. That song's 'Black Sabbath Heavy.' That's what I call it, because it's just heavy as f--k."
"Tom had most of those lyrics for 20 years," he added. "I remember he wrote them for Divine Intervention
. They never panned out. They show up here on this song. Yeah, it's a new record, but that s--t's 20-years-old."