New SUICIDE SILENCE Song Pulled From Video Game Promo Stemming From Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Eddie Hermida
Yesterday, the trailer for the highly anticipated Devil May Cry 5 video game was released and astute listeners would notice that a new song from Suicide Silence is prominently featured in the game trailer, and the game itself.
The track "Subhuman" was co-written with the game's composer, Cody Matthew Johnson, as the battle theme for the character Dante, who is the game's lead – such a coup is massive exposure for the band. Here's the music video and the game trailer:
Two years in the making, I can finally announced I composed Dante's theme for Devil May Cry 5 in collaboration with death core pioneers Suicide Silence. The song is released on all major streaming services and the music video is up on Youtube! pic.twitter.com/unuEHgVWnn
— Cody Matthew Johnson (@codymatthewj) September 19, 2018
One problem – it seems like nobody alerted the game's creator, Capcom, of the sexual misconduct allegations against frontman Eddie Hermida that surfaced last year. An Austrian woman, Verena Celis, claimed she was "emotionally and sexually manipulated" by Suicide Silence frontman Eddie Hermida while she was 17 and he was 32. In her statement, Celis noted that she began talking with Hermida online when she was 16, and at one point Hermida mistakenly assumed she was 18 (she did not correct him that she was in fact 17) and then she claims he began sending her explicit photos and eventually started asking for her to send some to him.
Capcom, when speaking to gaming site Kotaku noted that they would pull the song from the trailers, and if possible, from the game:
“The music was recorded for the game before the incident 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.”
For his part Hermida apologized a day after the claims surfaced saying "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."
We will keep you posted with any updates.