Former Sepultura singer Max Cavalera spoke in an interview with Metal Hammer and revealed a heartbreaking story about how he wrote Soulfly (his current band) famous song “Bleed”.

Here’s the story:

“It was a really weird time for me. It was my first album since leaving Sepultura [in 1996] and the first album after the death of my stepson, Dana Wells, who was killed in a car accident two years earlier.

The first thing I did after that was work with Deftones, who were friends of Dana. They were there at his funeral – Chino [Moreno, frontman] was actually one of the pallbearers. They invited me to sing the song Headup on Around The Fur, and that is when I came up with the word ‘Soulfly’ [‘Soulfly / Fly high / Soulfly / Fly free’].

It all just started from there. I put the first Soulfly album together pretty quickly; I had demos like ‘Eye for an Eye’ and ‘No Hope = No Fear,’ but while we were in the studio I felt that I needed to pay more respects to Dana.

So, I thought of ‘Bleed,’ because that was how we were all feeling. We were all still suffering, still bleeding, from his death.”

Listen to the song below.

He continued:

“It was built on this really cool groove, but it was the lyrics that made it really heavy. Lyrics like, ‘See a mother cry, see a brother cry’… that’s the shit that went on in my house.

I would walk around and see Gloria [Cavalera, Max’s wife] crying and I would see the kids crying. It was fucking a rough time, man. I had to put it into the song…

And then I started thinking about the way that he died. I wrote, ‘What goes around comes around, you better realize, you kill life, you kill life, why, why’ – it was a really pissed-off and angry song, man.”

Click here to entire interview.