Canvas Solaris

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Canvas Solaris
Origin Statesboro, Georgia
Genres Progressive rock
Progressive Metal
Years active 1999–2011
Labels Sensory
Members Nathan Sapp
Hunter Ginn
Chris Rushing
Donnie Smith
Gael Pirlot
Past members Brad Jeffcoat
Jimmy McCall
Ben Simpkins

Canvas Solaris were an American progressive metal band from Statesboro, Georgia, formed in 1999, and disbanded in 2011.[1] Though they first played with vocals, they moved on to instrumental, drawing influence from bands as diverse as Cynic, Rush, King Crimson, Death, Watchtower, and The Mars Volta.[2]


Hunter Ginn (drums), Nathan Sapp (guitar), and Jimmy McCall (bass) formed Canvas Solaris in 1999 in Statesboro, Georgia. Brad Jeffcoat joined the band to serve as a vocalist. At this point, the band was playing mainly technical death metal, influenced by bands like Voivod and Carcass. They recorded two untitled demos of four songs each and toured in South Carolina for several years before Jeffcoat and McCall both left the band. Ben Simpkins joined as a second guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist, the band decided to drop vocals entirely, and they put out the EP Spatial/Design in 2003 on Tribunal Records. A year later, in 2004, they released their first full-length album, Sublimation.[3]

In February 2005, the band signed onto Sensory Records, where they remain today, and put out their second full-length album, Penumbra Diffuse in 2006. Their next album, 2007's Cortical Tectonics, would be the last to feature Ben Simpkins on guitar, bass, and keyboards. Chris Rushing, Donnie Smith, and Gael Pirlot joined on guitar, keys, and bass respectively, and the band put out The Atomized Dream in 2008. Following its release, they toured with Dysrhythmia and Behold... The Arctopus.[4] The band released Irradiance in 2010.

Since disbanding in 2011, the band have formed The Universe Divide [5] and The Burden of Existence with vocalist Narissa Wolke (releasing a self-titled album[6]).

In 2013, the band announced a reunion with a new album in the works. The album is anticipated to be released in 2014 and funded independently via a public fundraiser website.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

Most Recent Line-up
Former Members
  • Ben Simpkins - guitar, bass, keyboards (2002–2007)
  • Brad Jeffcoat - vocals (1999–2002)
  • Jimmy McCall - bass (1999–2002)


Studio albums[edit]

Demos & EPs[edit]


  1. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  3. ^ "CANVAS SOLARIS discography (top albums)". Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "The Universe Divide". The Universe Divide. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  6. ^ "The Burden". The Universe Divide. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 

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