"Reprogrammed to Hate" is a great example of lead singer Phil Bozeman's more personal lyrics. It describes the dark, self-loathing mindset that he sank into thanks to an abusive stepfather during his teenage years. "I let my stepfather essentially reprogram my mind to be something I wasn't," Bozeman said to Kill the Music. "This is me speaking to him and him speaking to me."
Bozeman said to SMN News that he "usually writes about whatever is on my mind at the time and it's usually a negative aspect of my life or just life in general. It's easier just to get whatever is on your mind and put in on paper." He also noted that it's easier to write lyrics once he's heard the song, rather than the other way around, because the mood of the song can help him shape the feelings he's trying to articulate.
The song came out on 2010's A New Era of Corruption. The band's third full-length release was noted for its extremely dark themes, most of them based on personal events in Bozeman's life.
The song features a guest appearance from Chino Moreno of The Deftones.