|7th track of the album Archangel|
|Sung by||Max Cavalera|
|Written by||Max Cavalera|
|Produced by||Matt Hyde|
|Alternate title||"Jerusalem's Blood"|
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"Bethlehem's Blood" is a track of the Soulfly album Archangel, released in 2015. This song is similar in style to the debut Sepultura album Morbid Visions and Behemoth album Evangelion with tremolo-picked riff and blast beats on top with black metal style of Max's screaming. The hooks are flavored with a trumpet and flamenco guitar. The rhythm at the very beginning of this track is the same as that of the previous track "Shamash". The choir lasts for the final 20 seconds of this track.
This song tells the story about mass slaughtering infants in Bethlehem with resulting blood flooding the streets and the destruction of Solomon's Temple by Nebuchadnezzar II in the 6th century B.C. in Jerusalem.
The Metalholic website reviewing the album Archangel uses the title "Jerusalem's Blood" instead of "Bethlehem's Blood" when mentioning this song. Maybe Max Cavalera was going to title this song "Jerusalem's Blood" before changing it to what is now "Bethlehem's Blood". Although this song can preferably be called "Jerusalem's Blood" given that the city of Bethlehem is a suburb of Jerusalem.
Chaldean - The Sacrosanct Like pagan gods burning incense Betrayal in Gethsemane Fallen angels of perdition Let it be written, let it be done... And cut the flesh - Unholy One Yerushalaim Nehereset Jerusalem is falling... Falling Let the streets flood with Bethlehem's blood Let the streets flood with Bethlehem's blood Inflict the hate - Odium of Cain Like an abortion in the womb of pain Baphomet or Belial Threshold - Primordial Let it be written, let it be done Accuser of the blackened sun Yerushalaim Nehereset Jerusalem is burning... Burning... On my command... Let the streets flood with Bethlehem's blood Let the streets flood with Bethlehem's blood Die by my hand May the blood descend again Adonai - Jerusalem Die by your hand Execution in the holy land Elohim - Jerusalem... Amen...
- Max Cavalera – vocals, four-string rhythm guitar, trumpet
- Marc Rizzo – lead guitar, flamenco guitar
- Tony Campos – bass guitar
- Zyon Cavalera – drums
- Max Cavalera – lyrics, music
Live-only songs on various albums