Audio Secrecy was written over a period of five years by frontman Corey Taylor. It details a turbulent phase in the vocalist's life in which he got divorced from his wife of three years Scarlett Stone. He told Kerrang!: "Imperfect is the period at the end of a relationship. It's when that person who you couldn't be with comes back and you have to say, 'Really? You couldn't let this go? Just leave me alone.'"
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.