Rock band Machine Head decided to write songs about death for their upcoming album after reading a letter written by a soldier in Iraq.
Frontman ROBERT FLYNN was stunned by the power behind the dying man's words, which put the blame for his predicament firmly on US President George W Bush.
Flynn says. "We've got about five songs right now that I'm stoked with. There are songs about suicide and death.
"I read a letter by this soldier over in Iraq, who had written to his mother after he got shot in a battle. He came to the conclusion he was dying and ended up giving the letter to his buddy to pass on.
"It went, 'As I die here understand that my blood is on his hands,' and I turned that into lyrics. It was one of the most poignant things I'd ever read."
MAChine Head's new album is set to be released in 2007.