South Africa's Voice Of Rock Radio conducted an interview with Mikko Sirn of the Finnish rock cello quartet APOCALYPTICA at this year's Hellfest, which was held June 17-19, 2011 in Clisson, France. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.
Professionally filmed video footage of APOCALYPTICA's entire June 18, 2011 performance at Hellfest can be viewed below (courtesy of Arte [Association Relative la Tlvision Europenne], a Franco-German TV network).
APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen explained to The Pulse Of Radio why the band was forced to pull the vocals of SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith off their recent single, "Not Strong Enough". Toppinen said that the whole thing was a case of record company politics. "When we were speaking with Brent and SHINEDOWN about the collaboration, we checked their schedule," he said. "It was like, 'Okay, they will be over with their album.' Nobody expected that they will release seven singles from one album ('The Sound Of Madness'). They were still going on radio in the fall with their own singles, and then the record company was like, 'Okay, but you can't go out with the Brent version of 'Not Strong Enough'. And then we started to think about, 'Okay, what shall we do? We have a great song in our hands, but we are not allowed to deliver it to radio.'"
Smith's vocal track remains on the version found on the group's latest album, "7th Symphony", while the radio version and video features vocals from HOOBASTANK's Doug Robb.
"7th Symphony" also features guest vocals from FLYLEAF singer Lacey Mosley and BUSH's Gavin Rossdale, in addition to Smith.