Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera has never fought shy of embracing political and social topics and the debut single from the Savages album follows his career trajectory of spotlighting such issues. Said Max: "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 US Civil War, World Wars I and II, etc."
Terry Date produced the Savages album. This was his first turn producing Soulfly, but he had mixed three of the band's previous albums. Max Cavalera was stoked to work with Date, and started cranking out riffs in anticipation of the sessions. "I got super excited about the record, and I wrote like a maniac. I wrote like a thousand riffs - just wrote, wrote, wrote," Max told us. "And in the selection of those riffs, I found one of my favorites, which is 'Bloodshed,' the opening riff, the first song on the album. That's one of my favorite riffs I've done in my whole life." (Here's the full Max Cavalera interview.)
Max Cavalera's son Igor sings on the song's chorus. The Soulfly frontman explained 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."