Suicide Silence Vocals Removed From Song After Sexual Misconduct Outcry
Earlier this year the band released a track for the video game Devil May Cry 5. It was co-written by the game's composer, Cody Matthew Johnson, and was set to be featured in the game. A music video was also released, which you can watch below.
After debuting the song, however, frontman Eddie Hermida's past sexual misconduct allegations were brought to the attention of the game's developer, Capcom. At the time, they released the following statement:
The music was recorded for the game before the incident [involving Hermida] came to light and we were unaware of the incident until now. However, as we are now aware of the current situation, Capcom has decided that moving forward, we will not further highlight the Dante battle theme for promotional purposes at this time. We are also currently evaluating what options are possible for the full game at this point, which is dependent on various factors such as resources.
Capcom have now released a new statement revealing that Hermida's vocals have been removed from the track and former Volumes screamer Michael Barr will be featured on it.
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.
Devil May Cry 5 will be released on March 8, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms.
In Nov. of 2017, Hermida was accused of “emotionally and sexually manipulating” Austrian fan Verena Celis when she was 17. Celis claimed Hermida pressured her into sending him nude photographs after Hermida sent sexually suggestive photos her way. His statement in response can be found below.
I apologize, first and foremost, to Verena, that she feels hurt, manipulated, and otherwise distressed by any of our past communication. 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.
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