Coyne told Consequence Of Sound
in 2017 how the track set the tone for the album: "That was the mood we were fascinated by for a long time. We set out trying to do a series of songs that had a feeling: this bleak, religious, detached, heavy thing. We spent a week in the studio at my house, and we felt free to make songs sprawling again. We wanted that; we hadn't quite made a record that was so noisy and sinister, but had a lot of soul and heart to it, and death. I don't think we had quite been able to do that before. Calling it something like The Terror
was perfect for the time it came out. It really did sum up a version of a personality that we weren't brave enough to face before. We were carrying a weight, and we were scared for many years, and stupid, and everything all at the same time. If we hadn't made that record, we would still be trying to make that record."