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DMC5 Subhuman

"Subhuman" is Dante's battle theme in Devil May Cry 5.[1]

Composer/Producer
Cody Matthew Johnson
Lyrics
Cody Matthew Johnson, Eddie Hermida & Mark Heylmun (uncredited)
Vocals
Michael Barr
Vocals (original version)
Eddie Hermida (Suicide Silence)

Development[]

"Subhuman" was first released in September 18, 2018, with an official music video on the Devil May Cry YouTube channel. The song received generally negative reactions from fans, and the music video had over 13,000 dislikes before being deleted from the channel.

Soon later, sexual abuse allegations against vocalist Eddie Hermida for allegedly manipulating a 17-year-old girl the previous year came to light. Capcom was not aware of this until after the music track was recorded. A statement was released with the following:

"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."[2]
DMC5 Original Subhuman description

Original description for the song in Cody Matthew Johnson's website.

The second version of the song was recorded soon after this statement was released, with Hermida's vocals re-recorded by ex-Volumes vocalist Michael Barr. The in-game credits were also updated to reflect the new recording.[3]

With the release of the second version, the song remains divisive among fans. Some criticize the song for its thematic mismatch with Dante's bombastic personality, while others praise it for highlighting Dante's moments of emotional vulnerability through the series.

An early endorsement said: "Subhuman (feat. Suicide Silence)" is the theme for the titular foul-mouthed protagonist and anti-hero of Dante for Devil May Cry 5, Capcom’s highly anticipated and long awaited sequel to their Devil May Cry franchise." The description of "foul-mouthed protagonist and anti-hero of Dante" would better match the DmC rendition of the character, leading fans to suspect that the marketing team misinterpreted "Devil May Cry 5" for the 2013 reboot.[4]

During the Devil May Cry 5 X Joysound collaboration, "Devil Trigger", "Subhuman", "Crimson Cloud" and "Legacy" could be selected as songs at Joysound karaokes in Japan.[5][6]

Song Description[]

"Subhuman" is a complex heavy metal/deathcore song, as it talks about Dante's internal struggle with being humanity's protector, fighting demons and conflict with both his human & demon selves.

Lyrics[]

Verse 1
As I stare into the eyes of the coming,
Apocalypse I see them reaching for my soul.
I cannot erupt, I must control,
I cannot erupt, I must explode!

Funny how the mind tries to sink me deeper, as the evil tries to turn me around.
I will not falter, shout at the devil, as I bury them six feet underground.
The hours trapped in window panes, as futile eyes peer deep
The hurt nests right in; haunting thoughts of this crumbling world

Chorus 1
You cannot kill me!
I am Omega!
You cannot kill me!
I am Subhuman!

You cannot kill me! (I cannot erupt),
I am Omega! (I must control),
You cannot kill me! (I cannot erupt),
I must explode!

Verse 2
I must not forget, that I have bled,
Felt no respect for the demons in my head.
Something saved me, put me out of my destiny,
And dropped me safely in this hell.

It seared right past me, the eyes are flashing,
As I call upon the dark gift to erupt.
With the devil on my back, and the demons right in front,
I slash through, aim sights, and settle up!

Chorus 2
You cannot kill me!
I am Omega!
You cannot kill me!
I am Subhuman!

You cannot kill me! (I cannot erupt),
I am Omega! (I must control),
You cannot kill me! (I cannot erupt),
I must explode!

Breakdown/Bridge
(Let me out!)
(Hellbound!) (x2)

I feel the devil in me,
(Let me out!)
We're coming right for you!
(Hellbound!) (x2)

Chorus 3
You cannot kill me!
I am Omega!
You cannot kill me!
I am Subhuman!

You cannot kill me! (I cannot erupt),
I am Omega! (I must control),
You cannot kill me! (I cannot erupt),
I must explode!
[7]

Trivia[]

  • As with "Crimson Cloud", the official music video for "Subhuman" was directed by Aaron Silverstein.
  • Cody Matthew Johnson, the producer of "Subhuman", also produced the track "Saudade" for the Resident Evil 2 remake.

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