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.
“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.