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OriginAtlanta, Georgia, USA
GenresSynth metal, Progressive Metal
Years active2015–present
LabelsRelapse Records
Associated actsZruda, Mastodon, Gaylord
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersCore Atoms
Brann Dailor
Raheem Amlani

Arcadea is an American progressive synth metal band from Atlanta, GA., formed in 2015, by Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor, Zruda guitarist Core Atoms, and guitarist Raheem Amlani.[1] Arcadea’s self-titled album was released on June 16, 2017, on Relapse Records.[2] The Song From The Album "Through The Eye Of Pisces" Was Featured On An Ident For The British Free To Air TV Channel E4 (TV channel) Titled "Cult" Which First Aired In October 2018 And Was Created By British Sci Fi Artist Essy May From The Production Company Funtasy Who Also Made The Artwork For The Band's Debut Album


Arcadea was founded in 2015, by upside-down guitarist Core Atoms [3] and drummer Brann Dailor in Atlanta, Georgia. With the addition of guitarist Raheem Amlani, the three-piece began recording tracks at Amlani’s Orange Peel Studios in Atlanta, GA in 2015.[4] The result was an 11-song album which was released on Relapse Records on June 16, 2017. Arcadea is the second music collaboration between Rochester, New York natives Atoms and Dailor who played in the progressive funk trio Gaylord, in the late 1990s.[5]

Musical style and influences[edit]

For all three band members, Arcadea was a departure from previous music projects in both concept and sound. While Atoms is known for his unique guitar playing style,[6][5] Arcadea’s premier album features no guitars—both Atoms and Amlani play only keyboards and synthesizers.[7] For Dailor, it was an opportunity to sing lead vocals on the majority of songs in addition to drums. In an interview for Prog-Sphere Atoms explains, “Since we all have our own bands with more traditional instrumentation, we wanted to do something different but still rooted in our love of prog.”[8] Both Dailor and Atoms credit Stevie Wonder, early Genesis, and other 70s progressive rock as influences for Arcadea.[5][8]


  • Arcadea, 2017

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  1. ^ allmusic ((( Inside Out > Overview )))
  2. ^ Relapse Records. (June 16, 2017) ARCADEA’s (Featuring Members of Mastodon, Withered, Zruda) Self-Titled, Debut Album OUT NOW Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Spark, Graham. (April 23, 2017) “ARCADEA – Arcadia”. Decibel Geek. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Hatton, Thomas. (June 16, 2017)“Interview with Core Atoms from Arcadea (side project for members of Mastodon, Zruda, Withered)” Proglodytes. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Reed, Ryan.(June 22, 2017) “MASTODON'S BRANN DAILOR TALKS PSYCHEDELIC, SYNTH-HEAVY SIDE PROJECT, ARCADEA:Drummer-singer details trio's debut LP, inspired equally by Stevie Wonder, electronica, Seventies prog.” REVOLVER MAGAZINE. Retrieved Sept. 21, 2017
  6. ^ Metal Sucks.(June 12, 2017 “Brann Dailor of Mastodon and Arcadea on The MetalSucks Podcast #192”.Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Conaton, Chris. (June 19, 2017) “Arcadea Arcadea.” Popmatters. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Weppler, Darryl. (April 28, 2017) “ARCADEA: Tales of Intrigue, Shifting Alliances and Alien Races”. Prog-sphere. Retrieved August 13, 2017.