We've had nothing but high praise for Mexican death grind band Thanatology. We premiered a new music video from the Tijuana-based outfit this past summer, but it looks like there was some trouble in Paradise.
The band has announced they are splitting up. In its wake, a new band is formed – Unidad Trauma. That's no coincidence. The literal definition of thanatology is "the scientific study of death and the practices associated with it, including the study of the needs of the terminally ill and their families," and Unidad Trauma is the name of the trauma unit that thanatology functioned under.
Dr. Baptist posted a message to the band's Facebook page last week leading fans to believe the band is over:
A greeting from dr. Baptist to the entire nursing squad. I want to inform you: as doctors we are very clear quickly that in this life everything has a beginning and an end. That all are cycles and, as such, the cycle of thanatology has come to an end.
The reason, as I already wrote lines up: because everything has its cycle. All I wanted to do, achieve and say, both creative and conceptually, in this project / band I already did and I said it during these twenty years of existence of thanatology (1998-2018).
My mind and effort are now 100 % deposited in other creative, musical and other projects.
For me, continue with this project is to force things. And it is wise to know and recognize when something has to end, so the band known as thanatology-directed, commanded and created during these 20 years by Dr. Baptist -, it's over.
I want to believe that this news is not something "new" since for several years I have said that this band / project has expiration date and, well, that date has arrived.
Before I conclude this communiqué I want to thank all the people involved in some way or another who helped in any way to do what until now was, is and will be thanatology; thank you infinite.
Without more, the doors of the grotesque clinic have been closed.
And don't forget, stay:
But it turns out that it was creative difference between the vocalist and the rest of the band, who decided to operate under a new moniker. Here is the statement they just released:
Mexico-based grindcore merchants Thanatology recently changed their name to UNIDAD TRAUMA and have posted a brand new track, “El Crudo Acto del Teatro Mudo,” under their new moniker. Writes the band in an official statement:
“In less than five years, we were able to achieve many plans and goals, like releasing a new EP and making the Thanatology name known across some of the biggest cities and scenes of our home country México, performing in various cities across the US such as New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Chicago. We also turned one of our biggest dreams into a reality: being a part of Obscene Extreme in Trutnov, Czech Republic.
But, like everything, the life cycle of this band has come to an end… or has it?
The rest of the band, along with the team that works behind it are deeply concerned with this situation and the whole ‘cycle’ that closed so abruptly, without any sort of agreement to it. On the other hand, this is not surprising at all. The interests and plans of one single person are ending Thanatology, leaving behind the work, sweat, and blood of an entire team that was working to make this bigger and better. On top of that, the lack of credit where it is due is quite evident in his ‘statement’ published on the band’s facebok page.
We would like to inform everyone that the group that’s behind Thanatology’s musical output is now called UNIDAD TRAUMA (the name of the actual response team that made up the Thanatology band members) and will keep working in the same way that we have over the last five years. Additional news will be released soon. In the meantime, please enjoy our new song, ‘El Crudo Acto Del Teatro Mudo’ featuring our esteemed colleague Dr. Padilla filling in on lead vocals!
Stream UNIDAD TRAUMA’s “El Crudo Acto Del Teatro Mudo” below.
Last, but not least, we want to thank every single person who supported this project in one way or another because every live presentation, musical production, video, piece of merch, and logistical operation had an intellectual, artistic, and professionally dedicated group of people behind it, mainly consisting of local talent. Thanatology has moved from being a studio project to a full, legitimate band, in a short period of time. THANK YOU ALL! We wish you an excellent 2019. Thank you for staying up to date with us and for the incredible way you have supported US.”
Here's the new song: