1st track of the album Savages (2013)
Featuring Igor Cavalera Jr.
Sung by Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera Jr.
Duration 6:55
Genre(s) Groove metal, death metal
Written by Max Cavalera
Produced by Terry Date
Next track
"Cannibal Holocaust"
Released on August 8, 2013
Record label Nuclear Blast

"Bloodshed" is the lead track of the album Savages. It is the first single released by the band's new label, Nuclear Blast. The single was released on August 8, 2013, but this song premiered on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show a couple days prior.

The rhythm resembles a mesh of Sepultura songs "Refuse/Resist" and "Roots Bloody Roots" as it plays mid-tempo with riffs sounding like Misfits or Bad Brains in composition according to reviewers. The very first part has tribal percussion, didgeridoo and air raid siren. The last part is deathcore style of breakdown.

"Bloodshed" features Max's son Igor of Lody Kong. Max explained to Metal Exiles that he likes his screaming vocals, "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." Max explained to the official band website as well, "My son Igor has a killer punk rock voice that reminds me of the old Corrosion of Conformity days,” Max says. “The chorus has this old punk style riff, almost like a Misfits type riff. His voice is killer.” Max expressed interests about the lyrics, "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." This song is about the mass killing of people everywhere. According to musicOMH reviewing the album, "Igor's punk vocals sound more like haunted teenager's bedroom than a professional performance."

The accompanying music video depicts Soulfly members performing while the battle replicating the U.S. Civil War is going on in the surrounding. The battle features the use of retro firearms and 19th century style of military uniforms.

Lyrics Edit

Fire, the burning path
Downstroy the weak minds
The weak minds rising nature’s demise
Enslave system creation

Everywhere is bloodshed
Wasteland bloodshed
Everywhere is bloodshed
Wasteland bloodshed
Bloodshed wasteland
Bloodshed wasteland

Life, ravage skullduggery
Rage, dethrone the enemy
Die treacherous leprosy
Scorn the self inflict

Everywhere is bloodshed
Wasteland bloodshed
Everywhere is bloodshed
Wasteland bloodshed
Bloodshed wasteland
Bloodshed wasteland

This is my redemption
Strangling superstitions
This is my conception
Condemned for eternity

Blood of the lamb touching the empty void
Slowly eats my soul
Drag down the black hole
Join the cult of dark hope
Swarm of deadly locusts
Beware of the prophecy
Rulers of reality

Videos Edit

Soulfly - Bloodshed (Savages 2013)

Soulfly - Bloodshed (Savages 2013)

Soulfly Bloodshed (Live @ Hellfest 2014)

Soulfly Bloodshed (Live @ Hellfest 2014)



Directed by Dale Resteghini

More videos of this song

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Live-only songs on various albums

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