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A Soundtrack To SKATE Or Die For

The best sounds this year aren't at the Van's Warped Tour or the Sounds of the Underground. Well, the best lives one anyway. If you want to see a good show then, yeah, a video game really can't compare. But! If you want to hear the best sounds on any video game before the year is out, then get yourself a copy of EA's XBOX 360/PS3 skater-simulator SKATE.

SKATE--offering a new way for players to smash their teeth via a new, promising control scheme--features a mix of classic punk rock and its modern-day counterparts along with a healthy dash of metal. (Emphasis on "dash" because if punk fans heard any more than that, they might beat themselves into a coma with their own checkerboard-colored Vans, for they would realize all the time spent listening to anything but metal was time that they might as well have spent being dead. Grim, but such is truth.)

And, while it's uncertain if EA will successfully grab Tony Hawk's crown with this effort, the list of artists featured on SKATE makes it sound like the battle's already over. While Project 8 had Bad Religion, Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails, The Sword, and their own Ramones song, the production crew made one fatal mistake: they had a Kool and the Gang song, but it wasn't "Celebrate Good Times." I've never not ironically used this acronym before but, really, WTF?!

Overall, the SKATE soundtrack promises to soften every bail while making every jump feel that much more intense--even when you're just hopping off a picnic table, you poser.

For a trailer and description of how the controls are supposed to work, Check out our coverage of the game here.

ARTISTSONG
Agent OrangeNo Such Thing
AirbourneLet's Ride
Bad BrainsI Against I
Band of HorsesThe Funeral
Beat Beat BeatSinking Slow
Black FlagSix Pack
Booker T & The MG'sGreen Onions
ChallengerInput the Output
Cheap TrickSurrender
Children of BodomHate Crew Deathroll
David BowieQueen Bitch
Dead PrezHip Hop
DevoGut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy
Eddie Rap LifePush Your Wood
Eric B & RakimJuice (Know the Ledge)
EscaleraGo It Alone
Filthy Thieving Bastards...Lords Of The Avenues
Gang StarrNow You're Mine
H.I.TDrama
Mac MallPerfect Poison
MotorheadWe Are Motorhead
NivarnaLounge Act
N.W.AExpress Yourself
Renee ReneeStand Up Talk Easy
Rick JamesGive It To Me Baby
Rick RossHustlin'
River City TanlinesBlack Knight
S.T.R.E.E.T.SGeorgia St.
Sicker Than OthersFace Away
Sister NancyBam Bam
SlayerRaining Blood
The BriefsPoor and Weird
The CoupRide the Fence
The DwarvesMassacre
The Exploding HeartsYour Shadow
The FalconBlackout
The Mag SevenDick Cemetery
The RamonesPsycho Therapy
The ReturnablesTeenage Imposters
The Sex PistolsPretty Vacant
The Stars MisplacedProphets And Kings
The White StripesGirl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
Trouble AndrewChase Money
Valient ThorrMan Behind The Curtain
ZZ TopJust Got Paid