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Judas Priest, Billy Idol and Bush headline NHL 12’s soundtrack

Aug 16, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

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If you’re anything like me, you end up playing your own “custom soundtracks” during sports games once the commentary tracks repeat themselves and the more grating choices wear you down. (Besides, nothing fits hockey quite like the experimental sounds of Can … right?) Of course, my music choices tend to backfire when I’m stickhandling well beyond the final whistle, but that’s the price you pay to avoid Nickelback.

Anyway, the vast majority of people who play these games will probably find themselves exposed to a steady stream of whatever NHL 12 puts on its soundtrack. Musical taste obviously varies – many people probably didn’t appreciate my Nickelback comment, for instance – but for better or worse, NHL 11 featured a surprising run of recognizable arena tracks. (In a way, it’s shocking that every sports game doesn’t have Europe’s “The Final Countdown” on their soundtracks, even if it’s just for the inherent ironic humor.)

With its predecessor’s Jock Jams-friendly mix in mind, NHL 12 has a tough act to follow. Would they pull out all the stops and include Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” in the mix? Perhaps they’ll throw us all a curveball by throwing in a classy Michael Bolton number or make Phil Collins a little richer? Let’s take a look at the soundtrack via EA Sports’ NHL 12 blog.

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)

Well, the Judas Priest selection ranks as essential arena rock, but I must say I’m a bit lukewarm on the list overall. For direct comparison’s sake, here’s the NHL 11 soundtrack list via Kotaku.

    In NHL 11
• In Whispers – Here I Stand
• Airbourne – Bottom Of The Well – No Guts. No Glory.
• Bullet For My Valentine – Your Betrayal – Fever
• Megadeth – Dialectic Chaos – Endgame
• Pantera – Walk – Vulgar Display Of Power

In NHL 11 and NHL Slapshot
• Danko Jones – Full of Regret – Below The Belt
• 2 Unlimited – Twilight Zone – Get Ready!
• Black Box – Strike It Up – Dreamland
• Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Mama Taught Me Better – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo
• Bouncing Souls – ¡Olé! – Hopeless Romantic
• Darude – Sandstorm – Before The Storm
• Dropkick Murphys – Shipping Up To Boston (Live) – Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA
• Europe – The Final Countdown – The Final Countdown
• Foxy Shazam – Unstoppable – Foxy Shazam
• Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones
• The Black Keys – Howlin’ For You – Brothers

Again, I have to give the edge to NHL 11, even if I ended up ignoring its soundtrack after a few hours of game time anyway. What do you think, though? Tell us all about your favorite/least favorite choices (or debate choices that would have been better examples of those artists’ unparalleled mastery) in the comments. Please be nice to fellow commenters either way, even if you disagree with their sonic preferences.

(H/T to Doug Miller.)

  1. unknowneric - Aug 16, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    ELO is a decent band and all, but I can’t say I’ve ever heard “Don’t Bring Me Down” and thought, “Phew, I’d really like to play a rousing game of hockey now!”

    Of course, if I picked the soundtrack, there’d be a lot more My Bloody Valentine than most people could stand…

    • James O'Brien - Aug 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      I’d like to believe that “Only Shallow” would work in any setting, but we might be in lonely company on that one, Eric.

  2. capsrockva - Aug 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    I’m kinda surprised that no Scorpions/Ozzy/and possibly Maiden made the list

  3. kantnockdahustle89 - Aug 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Why cant they use all the tracks they’ve ever used in this game? If I want to keep Final Coutdown because I didnt play NHL11 Id like to keep it in NHL12…

    • James O'Brien - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      I believe that they would need to pay the licensing fees all over again.

  4. hockeyfan1701 - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Thank god they do not use Hip-Hop and (c)rap music like the Madden series.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      Haha since when is hip-hop crap? EVERY genre has crappy music. And it’s not like this playlist is legendary. Hip-hop can be good music. But it doesn’t go with hockey. More suitable for football and basketball.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      I’d say there’s some pretty crappy music in this list

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:02 PM

        Yea I haven’t heard of any of the songs so I can’t rip the list. Most music in sports video games has been weak sauce so I’m not gunna get my hopes up ha.

  5. bigbear42 - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Personally I thought the games music the past couple of years has been bad. They used to have up and coming bands but for some reason they started showcasing 80s music.

  6. dcent87 - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Nothing screams hockey soundtrack like mony mony, April fool, don’t bring me down, and a bunch of shitty scream

  7. muttbolts - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Thank god no more ole ole ole. That songs g4y g4y g4y. need more ax7 and some stone sour, slipknot ,bullet and five finger death punch. And toss in some slighty stoopid and sublime (without rome) to change it up a bit

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