EA Sports has announced the soundtrack for NHL 12. These are the songs you’ll be listening to for a little while before you eventually turn the music off or add a custom soundtrack:
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)
Not bad. We don’t know about you, but bands like Beady Eye don’t scream “NHL hockey” to us, but what do we know? We’re still trying to get Foxy Shazam’s “Unstoppable” out of our heads after last year.
It’s understandable, but always disappointing, that EA can’t get the rights to every goal song to make the game truly authentic. Last year it was always a little disorienting to see the Bruins score and have the “Ole Ole” song start playing. The same holds true for hearing “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” in Montreal. However, it doesn’t look like NHL 12 will include any team-specific songs.
What we’d really like to see, however, are authentic songs when teams come on the ice. Compare this:
Sure, we only watch the intros once before skipping them before every other game, but the authentic songs would be cool. We may even watch them regularly if they were any good. For what it’s worth, the giant shark head in San Jose will be in NHL 12:
Now we’re praying that they eventually update the commentary. Hearing “Michalek” pronounced “Mick-a-lick” and “Stajan” as “Stay-yon” was funny the first time. Now it makes us want to cry.