Capcom today released a new statement to address the future of Dante’s theme song, ‘Subhuman,’ in the upcoming Devil May Cry 5.
The Resident Evil 7: Biohazard publisher released the track earlier this year, which is performed by Cody Matthew Johnson and features Suicide Silence.
‘Subhuman’ was pulled from promotional marketing material after the publisher became aware of sexual misconduct allegations that the band’s frontman, Hernan ‘Eddie’ Hermida, faced from 2017.
Capcom community manager Yuri Araujo posted on Capcom Unity how the publisher will use an altered version of the track going forward.
“Earlier this year, we debuted Dante’s new battle theme from Devil May Cry 5, ‘Subhuman,’ performed by Cody Matthew Johnson feat. Suicide Silence,” he wrote.
“Shortly after the song’s reveal, we were made aware of unfortunate news and allegations about the track’s main vocalist, Eddie Hermida. While the song was written and recorded in-game well before such allegations, we’d still like to ensure, to the best of our abilities, that your experience with the game ultimately goes unmarred.
“As such, our development team, producers, recording and mixing teams have worked hard to find and implement a new vocal track by Michael Barr.
“It is worth noting that the hard work of the Suicide Silence band members, as well as songwriters Cody Matthew Johnson and Mark Heylmun, remained intact, as they were not involved with the incidents.
“As you hear the new track in new promotional materials and in-game, please expect the instrumental parts to sound the same as before. In-game credits have also been updated to properly reflect the new recording.”
Metal Injection reports that an Austrian woman, Verena Celis, said that the band’s vocalist had “emotionally and sexually manipulated” her when she was 17 and he was 32.
In November 2017, Eddie released a statement on Suicide Silence’s Facebook page.
“I apologize, first and foremost, to Verena, that she feels hurt, manipulated and otherwise distressed by any of our past communication,” he said. “I want to apologize to the people who support my work as a musician (both the fans and behind the scenes) for the discomfort, distrust and damage these allegations have caused.
“Most importantly, I would ask the music community to abstain from ridiculing, ostracizing or otherwise harassing this young woman. It’s difficult enough for women to come forward with allegations about the behavior of men under any circumstances.
“When Verena told me she’d turned 18, I believed her. I made it clear that our conversations should not be of a sexual nature until that time. However, I have learned the lesson, the hard way, that it was wrong to engage in any kind of intimate conversations with someone so much younger than me.
“I was raised by a single mom who taught me to be respectful to all women. I am ashamed that I have failed. I hope to earn the respect and approval of our fans and to prove that I am not the person this would seem to suggest.
“Now more than ever, the responsibility falls on men to be mindful of our words and actions with people, and to listen to the voices of those who come forward, with respect and dignity.
“I am here and I am listening.”
The latest installment in Capcom’s fan-favorite franchise was announced at E3 earlier this year. It will see the return of Devil May Cry 4 protagonists Dante and Nero.
Devil May Cry 5 will launch on March 8, 2019, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.