Finnish rock quartet Apocalyptica has been forced to pull the vocals of Shinedown frontman Brent Smith from their song, "Not Strong Enough" in order to release it as a single. Hoobastank singer Doug Robb has been chosen to record vocals in Smith's place. Smith's vocal track remains on the version found on the group's latest album, 7th Symphony, but Apocalyptica failed to secure the rights to release the song to radio with Smith's voice on it from Shinedown's label, Atlantic Records.
Apocalyptica drummer Mikko Siren said that the band was fortunate to have Smith sing on their record in the first place.
"We met Brent some two years ago. We did some festivals in [the] States and we saw them live, and we were really impressed of his voice," explained Siren. "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."
The single version of "Not Strong Enough" featuring Robb's vocals is due to hit radio radio later this month, but you can hear the song below as well as the original version with Brent Smith.
"Not Strong Enough" by Apocalyptica feat. Brent Smith
"Not Strong Enough" by Apocalyptica feat. Doug Robb
Which Version of the song do you think is better?