The doom/death metal band Sanctus Infernum was formed in Wichita, Kansas, USA by Mark Anderson and Ricky Vannatta in October 2006. After several months of searching, Chris Johnson was brought in to play drums in March 2007. In June 2007 the band entered Anybody Listening? with engineer James Ismert to begin recording. Upon completion of the project that winter, artwork was acquired from Jumali Katani and the band signed to BadMoodMan Music.