Witchskull’s Joel Green: Songs to Live By

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At its heart, music is all about emotion. Witchskull know this. The Australian doom trio conjure all sorts of epic, eerie, occult-infused feelings on their forthcoming third full-length, A Driftwood Cross, due out April 24th via Rise Above Records. That being the case, we caught up with drummer Joel Green to find out what music he listens to for every mood. Read on to find out the songs that the musician turns to when shaking off the morning grogginess, looking for a pick-me-up and more.

When I pissed off:

Slayer always make you feel better — any of the first three albums and the Haunting EP are untouchable for releasing aggression.

When I’m feeling depressed:

Manowar always elevate me. Too many good tunes to mention, but any Ross-era stuff will get you feeling like you can own the world!

When I get up in the morning:

Either Restless and Wild or Balls to the Wall. Perfect way to start any day.

When I go to bed:
Impaled Nazarene

Out of respect for my wife, I don’t play music in bed. In my youth, in group houses, I cranked a lot of Impaled Nazarene with no complaints from the wife — then girlfriend — at all?  I guess we got old? I still love Impaled Nazarene.

When I’m hungover:
Anything Good

Being hungover doesn’t really affect what I want to hear? Anything good I guess?

When I’m getting it on:

Out of respect for my wife, I try to leave the poor girl alone!

Song I most want to be remembered for:
“Son of the Snake”

All three of us contributed to the song “Son of the Snake” on our last album — I reckon it’s one of our best.

Song I wish I wrote:
 “Live Wire”

Song I want played at my funeral:
Motörhead – “Bomber”

The studio version with Eddie’s overdubbed lead stabs. In my opinion, the greatest three-and-a-half minutes ever committed to tape. The swagger and groove are beyond comprehension.