Bloodshed (song)

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Single by Soulfly featuring Igor Cavalera Jr.
from the album Savages
Released August 8, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded May–June 2013
Genre Groove metal, thrash metal
Length 6:55
Label Nuclear Blast
Writer(s) Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera Jr.
Producer(s) Terry Date
Soulfly singles chronology
"World Scum"
"Master of Savagery"
Savages track listing
"Cannibal Holocaust"

"Bloodshed" is a Soulfly song, played as the first track of the latest Soulfly album Savages. "Bloodshed" is the first Soulfly single released by the band's new label, Nuclear Blast (previously Roadrunner). This song premiered on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show on August 6, 2013,[1] two days before single was officially released.

Max Cavalera and his son Igor Cavalera Jr. wrote and sing this song together. Igor's punk vocals satisfied Max by explaining to Metal Exiles, "I needed a punk vocalist for the chorus and I was missing a punk vocalist to go with my vocals for the chorus. I knew Igor had a great punk voice so I called him because I knew it would be cool to sing with my son on the song."[2]

Lyrics and composition[edit]

Max said this: "The song is about the absurdity of the human condition in territories plagued by bloodshed all over the world. Not just recent events like Iraq, but also historical conflicts such as the U.S. Civil War, World Wars I and II, etc."[3] During choruses, 'bloodshed' often pairs with 'wasteland' in lyrics.[4]

Bloodshed plays at mid-tempo with few tribal sounds, specifically using a didgeridoo and a tribal drum.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song is available. The video depicts performers along with war involving classic weapons and uniforms used in the U.S. Civil War in the same spot where the battle took place.[6]


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  1. ^ Alex May (Aug 9, 2013). "Soulfly reveal artwork and tracklist for ‘Savages’, unveil new single ‘Bloodshed’.". News (Rockadia). 
  2. ^ Bloodshed by Soulfly Songfacts. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Chad Bowar (December 10, 2013). "Soufly Go to War With 'Bloodshed' Video". Loudwire. 
  4. ^ Bloodshed Lyrics – Soulfly
  5. ^ UG Team (October 3, 2013). "Savages Review". Compact Discs. Ultimate-Guitar.Com. 
  6. ^ Dewa Nugraha (December 11, 2013). "New Music Video: Soulfly Premiering 'Bloodshed". Rock Expert.