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NHL 12 Update: Soundtrack List Released


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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Hope the Canucks win it all in 2012!

Posted by Ralph Hass from Kelowna, BC on 08/16/11 at 03:26 PM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

Meh… I use custom soundtracks anyways.  Those songs get old after a couple weeks.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 08/16/11 at 03:32 PM ET

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I usually end up going to a custom soundtrack too… I just hope they fix the audio levels for them this year, as they have always been very annoying to get exactly right with the default levels of the included soundtrack.

Also, I take back my “obvious” statement in regards to Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony”... but I just woke up before this news dropped, so blame my sleepy brain for being so dense.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/16/11 at 03:36 PM ET


The NHL series would be better off saving some of the money they put into licensing songs and just hiring an organist to play a few traditional tunes.

The reasons are:

A.) Most people use custom soundtracks OR like me, listen to their stereo while playing.

B.) Their musical choices are horrible. (I know its subjective, but honestly most of these bands are rubbish.) There may be one or two good songs every year but even those will have you wanting to stab yourself in both ears after a month.

and finally

C.) After being on the game I’m forced to listen to these butt rock jams during games, which causes me to hit the mute button and miss out on some of what Mickey and Ken are saying.

With that said, I can’t wait for 12 - but the first thing I’ll do is mute all of the music and play CD’s before hopping on a couple of club games with my friends.

Posted by LGRWeh on 08/16/11 at 03:48 PM ET


They had to go with Mony Mony…....I mean really, is it that hard to choose a great song like Rebel Yell instead?

Posted by Geno71 on 08/16/11 at 03:59 PM ET


They’ll never top 2003’s soundtrack.

Posted by Herm from the office on 08/16/11 at 04:00 PM ET

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Everyone has their own taste’s in music… the main reason so many of us turn to custom soundtracks is because we just spend so much time playing the game, that no matter what the music, it’s going to get old eventually.

Personally, from what I have heard thus far off this list, I’m liking it. Then again, that’s just me, and when it comes to music, as with most other forms of art, I like and appreciate just about everything.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/16/11 at 04:04 PM ET


I agree on the first paragraph Doug. No one will be 100% satisfied with this list, and despite how I feel about any art or music none of it is actually good or bad outside of personal opinions. I mean there’s no way to do a scientific test or study.

Other than the new Anthrax song I couldn’t find,  I went through and listened to every song on Youtube, and couldn’t make it past the first 30 seconds of any that I wasn’t already familiar with. (ELO and Billy Idol) Murderdolls were the exception of that group but they still didn’t turn me on.

I’ve been told I’m an artist by some interesting and creative people, done some professional work and made a little money here and there so I appreciate other peoples drive to be creative, more power to ‘em, but most of these songs literally and figuratively made me sick to my stomach.

I love art, I just hate being bombarded by stuff that literally makes you think maiming yourself might be a better option than enduring even a few seconds more of a song.

Then again I’m close to 30, and most of its geared towards ‘kids’ so whatever.

P.S. I think its cool that you’re covering the NHL series here on KK. It’s a great game and the only reason I never pawned my x-box.

Posted by LGRWeh on 08/16/11 at 05:01 PM ET

Doug Miller's avatar

P.S. I think its cool that you’re covering the NHL series here on KK. It’s a great game and the only reason I never pawned my x-box. Posted by LGRWeh

Why, thank you. Covering the NHL series wasn’t really in my initial plans for this blog, as I was intending to only cover the EASHL, on the 360 only - as that is where almost all of top teams and top players are now, after that “PSN hacking incident” last year.

However, once I started posting about NHL 12 news updates as they came out, and giving my perspective on how they would potentially effect the future of the EASHL, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of comments and attention these blog posts were getting, and since this blog was always meant to be “guided by the readers” I continued to run with it, as it remains a popular subject in the normally quiet summer that is the world of hockey-news.

The majority of my NHL 12 coverage will wrap up with my full-review of the game upon it’s North American release, assuming I get my review-copy from EA with enough time to have that full and comprehensive review done by release date (fingers crossed). Although, I will still continue to cover the virtual happenings of the EASHL on a normal basis, as well as whatever other NHL-series news might pop up (given the attention my posts have gotten) along with my regular coverage of CHL and NCAA Hockey news… including the occasional general random hockey-related posts here and there…

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/16/11 at 05:30 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I’d be quite happy if they skipped the soundtracks and then dropped the game price by $5-10 each.  The included songs get so freaking old after a while anyways, and half of the songs always aren’t any good to begin with.  Including soundtracks is just so 6 or 7 years ago, sorry…

Before I got a new PC I was streaming my own soundtracks to my 360 using WMP.  My new PC doesn’t have the tracks moved over yet though (like 15 GB of NHL music in the form of :30 clips, goalhorns, and such… craziness).

Nothing quite like scoring a goal in CBS as the BJ’s and hearing “For Those About to Rock” and cannon fire, etc…

It’s also nice to be able to create your own menu music and rotate songs in and out.

BTW, I always have Pop Evil “Hero” set as my Home Team Win music…

Posted by Primis on 08/16/11 at 10:40 PM ET

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I’d be quite happy if they skipped the soundtracks and then dropped the game price by $5-10 each. Posted by Primis

Regardless of soundtracks or whatever other licensing things that have to be dealt with, the game will always be around the current generation’s price point of $60… because that’s just how the video game market is for new retail games. Yes, there are rare exceptions to this standard, but not for big name franchise games.

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 08/16/11 at 11:41 PM ET


i just hope for the custom soundtracks they make it a lot easier to pick select songs on xbox. in 11 u had to put a single song in a playlist to choose it. it sucked

Posted by bosbruins! from boston on 08/23/11 at 02:03 PM ET

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