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.

ARTIST SONG
Agent Orange No Such Thing
Airbourne Let's Ride
Bad Brains I Against I
Band of Horses The Funeral
Beat Beat Beat Sinking Slow
Black Flag Six Pack
Booker T & The MG's Green Onions
Challenger Input the Output
Cheap Trick Surrender
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
David Bowie Queen Bitch
Dead Prez Hip Hop
Devo Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy
Eddie Rap Life Push Your Wood
Eric B & Rakim Juice (Know the Ledge)
Escalera Go It Alone
Filthy Thieving Bastards ...Lords Of The Avenues
Gang Starr Now You're Mine
H.I.T Drama
Mac Mall Perfect Poison
Motorhead We Are Motorhead
Nivarna Lounge Act
N.W.A Express Yourself
Renee Renee Stand Up Talk Easy
Rick James Give It To Me Baby
Rick Ross Hustlin'
River City Tanlines Black Knight
S.T.R.E.E.T.S Georgia St.
Sicker Than Others Face Away
Sister Nancy Bam Bam
Slayer Raining Blood
The Briefs Poor and Weird
The Coup Ride the Fence
The Dwarves Massacre
The Exploding Hearts Your Shadow
The Falcon Blackout
The Mag Seven Dick Cemetery
The Ramones Psycho Therapy
The Returnables Teenage Imposters
The Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant
The Stars Misplaced Prophets And Kings
The White Stripes Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
Trouble Andrew Chase Money
Valient Thorr Man Behind The Curtain
ZZ Top Just Got Paid



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