|Of Tanz Victims
Fighting False God
25 September 2015
The history of industrial music in Canada.
Of Tanz Victims formed in the early 1980s in St-Jean sur Richelieu, just outside Montreal during a time when industrial music, the so-called second-wave, was taking off in parts of Canada and North America. The history of the movement in Canada tends to focus on the Vancouver scene, but in Montreal, on the other side of the country, Of Tanz Victims quickly emerged with both vinyl and tape releases that challenged, intrigued, and redefined what Canadian industrial could be.
The project received initial support from Montreal’s Bunker, an import vinyl shop run by the late Robert Vincent. Despite the first 12″ being refused entry across the US border due to its apparently obscene cover art, Of Tanz Victims was successful in Europe, particularly in Belgium as an import, and over three years managed to release three 12″ vinyl and a handful of cassettes.
But what started things off for OTV was a remarkable 7″ vinyl of gritty, looped and guitar-laden industrial noise that felt fresh and alive, with the challenging name Fighting False God. On the 30 year anniversary of first issue, Artoffact Records will release a remastered and redesigned edition of this Canadian classic. The new version is presented with a new cover photo, while paying tribute to the original triangle-shaped design.
A1. Filth of God
B1. The Silent End
B2. Tape Machine K