Sepultura founder Max Cavalera was interviewed by WXAV 88.3 FM and revealed the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s reaction to one of the most popular Sepultura records.

Sepultura released their sixth studio album entitled ‘Roots’ on February 20, 1996, in Europe and on March 12 in the US. Music critics shared their thoughts on the album, saying that it was a significant change for the band considering their previous records in terms of Brazilian music.

Also, the band experimented on combining tribal music and heavy metal in their album. Some of their fans defined it as the band’s best album, and they thought that Sepultura wouldn’t produce that kind of music anymore, especially after its founding member Max Cavalera’s departure.

During his interview, Cavalera admitted that the band wanted to discover an unknown territory, and according to him, it was worth trying. Then, he emphasized that he idolizes Nirvana and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, all of whom praised ‘Roots’ quality along with its well-crafted sounds and lyrics, which he described as ‘unreal.’

Cavalera said in his interview that:

“The ‘Roots’ record, which was heavily influenced by tribal music — the mix of tribal music and metal was a brand new thing, and we kind of went into completely unknown territory when we did that, and the results were amazing. We ended up getting praised by people like Dave Grohl and Lemmy from Motörhead, which was unreal to me to hear — my idols praising some of my stuff. It was pretty cool.”

You can check out the interview below.