A Split - Second

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A Split - Second is: Marc Heyndrickx, and Peter Bonne (aka Chrismar Chayell). Formed in 1985 as a solo project of Marc Heyndrickx (under the name Marc Ickx), who self-released the demo-tape "Stained Impressions" with Peter Bonne (later re-named Chrismar Chayell) producing. Bonne at that time was releasing music as Twilight Ritual together with vocalist Geert Coppens.

After signing to Antler Records, A Split-Second made their debut in 1986 with the single "Flesh". It was followed the next year by the album Ballistic Statues. At that time the band was composed by Ickx and electronic musician Philip Vargod (better known for his new-beat/acid-house project Lips Kiss. Bonne of course was present as producer and co-author of 4 songs (including hit single "Flesh").

After a brief tour Philip V. left the band, replaced by Bonne who became an official member and a driving force behind A Split Second. With this new line-up the band released another single, "Rigor Mortis", in 1987.

In late 1988, they were signed to the American label, Wax Trax! Records, and released the albums A Split-Second and From The Inside in the US. The singles "Rigor Mortis", "Mambo Witch" and "Colosseum Crash" (featuring guest vocals by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra) were also chart-topping hits.[where?] New members Fedjean Venvelt (guitars) and Peter Boone (keyboards) joined the band for their first US tour in 1989.

Their 1990 album, Kiss of Fury, featured the track "The Parallax View", which was also a successful single and saw the band moving towards more of a guitar-based sound. Nico Mansy (keyboards) joined the band for their second US tour. "Flesh" peaked in the UK Singles Chart at #68 in December 1991.

In 1991, Bonne became involved in a side project, Wasteland, which soon became more important for him than A Split-Second. Notwistanding this, he released, under the name A-Split Second, the remix album "Flesh & Fire - 1991 Remixes" without the presence of Icks (the real founding member of the band).

In late 1993 the Icks & Chayell released one more album Vengeance C.O.D. and, after a Swedish Tour in early 1994 the duo split. Ickx decided to continue alone under the name A-Split Second and joined Gitane Demone in her electronic project Demonix.

In March 1995 A Split Second/Marc Icks released the album "Megabite" and the tour saw Icks performing live with guitarist Fedzjean Venvelt and old keyboard-player Philip Vargod. After this tour and new Demonix remixes (released only in 2000), Icks announces his retirement from the music scenes in 1997.

The band returned to the live scene in 2001. Since 2009, they have been playing live fairly regularly.

A Split-Second's debut single "Flesh" is credited with starting the New Beat genre, at 33 rpm, "Fat Ronnie's inspiration snowballed when Marc Grouls and a handful of other DJs were listening to "Flesh", the latest 12" from Belgian electronic band A Split Second in Antwerp's USA Import record store. By slowing the pitch control down to a lurching 33 (33+8), Marc transformed the track from pleasant Euro-Industrialism to the melodramatic, pomp-laden epic that's been firing London warehouses all summer."

In 2002, Perfecto Records released a progressive trance remix of "Flesh", produced by Paul Oakenfold.
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Albums

A Split - Second - Stained Impressions album art A Split-Second* Stained Impressions (Album) Not On Label (A Split - Second Self-released) Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Ballistic Statues album art A Split - Second Ballistic Statues (Album) Antler Records, Antler Records Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - ... From The Inside album art A Split - Second ... From The Inside (Album) Antler Records Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Kiss Of Fury album art A Split - Second Kiss Of Fury (Album) Antler-Subway US 1990 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Flesh & Fire - 1991 Remixes album art A Split - Second Flesh & Fire - 1991 Remixes (Album) Antler-Subway, Antler-Subway US 1991 Sell This Version
85921052 A Split - Second - Vengeance C.O.D. album art A Split - Second Vengeance C.O.D.(CD, Album) Hypnobeat 85921052 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
CD 3423-2 A Split - Second - Megabite album art A Split Second* Megabite(CD, Album) Hypnobeat CD 3423-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

A Split - Second - Flesh album art A Split - Second Flesh (Single, Maxi) Antler Records Belgium 1986 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Rigor Mortis album art A Split - Second Rigor Mortis (Single, Maxi) Antler Records, Antler Records Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
ANTLER 068 A Split - Second - Smell Of Buddha album art A Split - Second Smell Of Buddha(12") Antler Records ANTLER 068 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Scandinavian Bellydance album art A Split - Second Scandinavian Bellydance (Maxi) Antler Records, Antler Records Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Mambo Witch album art A Split - Second Mambo Witch (Maxi, Single) Antler Records Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - The Colosseum Crash (Remix) album art A Split - Second The Colosseum Crash (Remix) (Maxi, Single) Antler Records, Antler Records Germany 1989 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Another Violent Breed - The Live Versions album art A Split - Second Another Violent Breed - The Live Versions (EP) Antler Records Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Firewalker album art A Split - Second Firewalker (Single, Maxi) Animalized Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
AS - 5013, AS 5013-7" A Split - Second - Backlash album art A Split - Second Backlash(7", S/Sided) Antler-Subway, Antler-Subway AS - 5013, AS 5013-7" Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - The Parallax View album art A Split - Second The Parallax View (Single, Maxi) Antler-Subway Belgium 1990 Sell This Version

Compilations

A Split - Second - Neurobeat album art A Split - Second Neurobeat (Comp) Trance Records, Trance Records Germany 1987 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - A Split - Second album art A Split•Second* A Split - Second (Comp) Wax Trax! Records US 1988 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Introversion (Lay Back And Join) album art A Split - Second Introversion (Lay Back And Join) (Comp) Antler-Subway Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
A Split - Second - Transmix album art A Split - Second Transmix (Comp) Antler-Subway Europe 2001 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none A Split Second* Demo(Cass) Not On Label (A Split - Second Self-released) none Belgium Unknown Sell This Version

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frankie5Angels

frankie5Angels

July 9, 2016
There was a time when from the Belgian EBM was born a mellower sound; it didn't last long the "New Beat" - but I was a DJ in the first electronic music parties in Goa from 1985 onwards. A Split Second were, along with Front 242, Signal Aout 42, Nitzer Ebb, the rulers of the night time ...to then leave the dancefloors to morning tunes like New Beat (Belgian too) and unlike sources like Yello and KLF - so big up for A SPLIT SECOND!
TRANSWAVES

TRANSWAVES

July 5, 2013
I think they are pretty hard and also unique in their style. Also they represent the top elite of belgium music. So there is no doubt that it´s worth a lot having their records in your posession. Se them as a result of a great country with the best beer in the world!
GarthBPM

GarthBPM

March 24, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
Looking back, A Split Second looks almost silly compared with other industrial bands of the 1980s-1990s (See the Mambo Witch video). They don't seem as tough as Front 242 or as scary as Skinny Puppy. What is kick-ass about these guys is their music. The two albums released on Wax Trax! (A Split Second, and ...From The Inside) are absolute classics of that era when Techno, New Beat, EBM, and Industrial overlapped nicely.

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