According to The Pulse Of Radio, Finnish rock cello quartet APOCALYPTICA has been forced to pull the vocals of SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith off the band's new single, "Not Strong Enough". Smith's vocal track remains on the version found on the group's latest album, "7th Symphony". But a source told The Pulse Of Radio that APOCALYPTICA failed to secure the right to release the song to radio with Smith's voice on it from SHINEDOWN's label, Atlantic Records. Instead, the radio version will feature vocals from HOOBASTANK's Doug Robb.
APOCALYPTICA drummer Mikko Siren told The Pulse Of Radio how "Not Strong Enough" came together with Smith on vocals. "We met Brent some two years ago," he said. "We did some festivals in (the) States and we saw them live, and we were really impressed of his voice. And the song itself, I think it really requires that strong voice who can sing that melodic lines, and he holds it up so great. So when we had the song and we remembered him being around, we asked him and we were lucky enough that he agreed to come in."
APOCALYPTICA's Mikko Siren talking to The Pulse Of Radio about working with Brent Smith (audio):
"7th Symphony" also features guest vocals from FLYLEAF singer Lacey Mosley and BUSH's Gavin Rossdale, in addition to Smith.
APOCALYPTICA will resume all touring activities in February, after postponing a U.S. tour and a number of European dates due to health issues on the part of member Perttu Kivilaakso.