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by Doug Miller on 08/16/11 at 02:16 PM ET
While I await the upcoming news on the next batch of Legends to be released, I happened to catch this tidbit of news that just broke. EA has just released a new blog, which includes the official soundtrack list for NHL 12. Including two all-new songs off upcoming albums by Anthrax and Bush.
From EA’s NHL 12 blog -
Last year, our goal for the NHL 11 and NHL Slapshot soundtracks was to capture the experience of watching a game live in an NHL arena, bringing an authentic arena environment to the videogame world. With NHL 12’s soundtrack we’re looking to continue this trend through a mix of classic songs and new hits.
“The true NHL experience is about intense skill, hard hits, and fast action,” says Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing for EA. “For this year’s edition, we’ve created a crunching mix of classic arena anthems from artists like Judas Priest and Billy Idol, killer recent tunes from bands such as Dropkick Murphys and Against Me!, and heavy tracks from emerging acts like Middle Class Rut and Manchester Orchestra. We’re also launching all-new songs from upcoming albums by Anthrax and BUSH. The true sound of the upcoming NHL season is the soundtrack of EA’s NHL ’12.”
Here’s the full list of tracks that will be on NHL 12 in alphabetical order by artist (album in brackets):
Against! Me – Occult Enemies (Russian Spies/Occult Enemies)
Anthrax – I’m Alive (Worship Music)
Beady Eye – Standing on the Edge of the Noise (Different Gear, Still Speeding)
Billy Idol – Mony Mony (The Very Best of Billy Idol)
Black Tide – That Fire (Post Mortem)
Blackguard – Farewell (Firefight)
Bush – Sound of Winter (The Sea of Memories)
Death Letters – I Wish I could Steal a Sunset (Post-Historic)
Dropkick Murphys – Hang ‘em High (Going out in Style)
ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down (Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of ELO)
Judas Priest – You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (Screaming for Vengeance)
Manchester Orchestra – April Fool (Simple Math)
Middle Class Rut – Busy Being Born (No Name No Color)
Murderdolls – Whatever you got, I’m Against It (Women and Children Last)
Hmm… me thinks they need more Nirvana and Green Day (as to truly capture the sounds of Boston’s TD Garden). I’ll admit that I’m familiar with several of the bands on this list, but not the songs themselves, aside from the obvious classic from Judas Priest. Although I’m sure there are a few I do know which just aren’t clicking in my brain at the moment, which is why I’m going to go put together a mix of this soundtrack list and give it a listen… even though I’ll be sick of all of these songs a month into release, as is the case every year.
UPDATE: I put together a public playlist of these tracks on YouTube, if any of you happen to fall into the small group of people like me who don’t hate EA’s choices of music each year. Note, I am missing the new Anthrax song, as I was unable to find it. Personally, my favorite song off this soundtrack is Middle Class Rut’s “Busy Being Born” - as I really liked their first single “New Low” - as I tend to favor lyrics and songwriting over everything else, and “New Low” still gets normal rotation on my regular music mix.
Also, I’m somewhat disappointed by the lack of inclusion of “Last Man Standing” by Pop Evil, which I had become quite used to over last season’s NHL playoffs… and would have bet would have been in the game this year… oh well.
Thankfully there is always custom soundtracks.
The wait for more Legends news continues…
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