Witchskull’s Joel Green: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Australian trio Witchskull recently released their third album, A Driftwood Cross, via stoner-doom stronghold Rise Above Records, the venerable label run by Napalm Death and Cathedral’s Lee Dorrian. It’s all kinds of heavy — trudging, slamming and steeped in occult-tinged evil — so not surprisingly, when we caught up with drummer Joel Green to find out what five albums shaped him as a musician, he spotlighted a handful of tried and true heavy-music classics from five of the most recognized and influential names in the game. See below.

Motörhead – No Sleep ’til Hammersmith

First album I heard of my fave band. I was literally never the same again — they totally consumed my entire youth.

Metallica – Ride the Lightning

Heard it on a Walkman in 1984 and it blew my mind — it was like nothing else I’d ever heard. “Fight Fire With Fire” initially freaked me out, but when the title track hit, I was sold. Their best by far.

Slayer – Hell Awaits

Heard it in ’85 and it fucked me up … So brutal I couldn’t take it at first, now one of my favorite metal albums ever — and their best!

AC/DC – Powerage

My dad played this to me and my brother in 1978. He explained how good they were in a very serious way. It stuck with me, and I still think it’s their best record. Especially the German version with “Cold Hearted Man.”

Venom – Welcome to Hell

Initially, I struggled with the menacing nature of it, but now I think it’s possibly the best metal record of all time. It’s so feral and chaotic with the best-written songs you could ever want to hear. Simply, it’s a muthafukken masterpiece.