As previously reported, Suicide Silence co-wrote a new song, titled “Subhuman,” with “Devil May Cry 5” (out March 8) composer Cody Matthew Johnson and it was supposed to be used as the battle theme for the game’s main character Dante. However, the video game trailer featuring the track and the music video were pulled after Capcom was made aware of the past sexual misconduct allegations against frontman Eddie Hermida, which he apologized for. Now, the company has decided to completely remove Hermida’s vocals from the game and have Michael Barr (ex-Volumes) record them instead.
Capcom’s Yuri Araujo commented:
“Earlier this year, we debuted Dante’s new battle theme from Devil May Cry 5, “Subhuman”, performed by Cody Matthew Johnson feat. Suicide Silence. 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 song writers Cody Matthew Johnson & 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.
We hope you continue to look forward to Devil May Cry 5 when it launches on March 8, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.”