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John Connolly: “It’s a super-heavy song. We knew we wanted something like that on the record. We had the verse riff, we had the heavy riff, but we didn’t have a cool chorus; we kind of sat there for a minute with this one riff – it was kind of good, it was pointed in the right direction, but it wasn’t there all the way.
“We kept jamming it and jamming it, and all of a sudden – boom! That chorus just popped out. We all knew it when it happened. You get the chills and the hair is standing up on the back of your neck. I love when that happens.
“This is us staying attached to what we love the most. I mean, we loved doing the Angel’s Son songs, and we love doing acoustic stuff, but there’s something really cool about laying down a really brutal track.
“The chorus has a lot of interesting guitar parts. I do the high, over-the-top thing. Clint does a super, super-high, really atonal part that’s kind of in the background, and I do another higher part that’s very melodic. Vinnie does a lower part, too – actually, we both played that. Sometimes it’s a coin toss as to which one we really need. A lot going on.
“The guitar solo was really cool to do. We basically hooked up nine or 10 pedals in sequence, and as I played the guitar, Clint kind of rolled around on the floor, moving knobs and pushing buttons, doing all sorts of random things. There’s no way to duplicate it live.”