Featuring Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandiq and his longtime musical collaborator Atticus Ross, How to Destroy Angels directly lifted its name from Coil's 1984 debut single. About being in a band with his wife, Reznor told Rolling Stone: "I'm very aware of the multitude of ways [it] can go wrong. We're best friends and are interested in the same things, so it's natural to make music together. Taking my personality out of the spotlight and working in a more supporting role is what's exciting to me now." On this 7-minute post-industrial track, Maandiq sings about feeling as though she's drowning in emotion.