|Past members||Brad Jeffcoat
Canvas Solaris were an American progressive metal band from Statesboro, Georgia, formed in 1999, and disbanded in 2011. 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.
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.
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. The band released Irradiance in 2010.
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.
- Most Recent Line-up
- Nathan Sapp - guitar, vocals (1999- )
- Hunter Ginn - drums, percussion (1999- )
- Chris Rushing - guitar (2008- )
- Donnie Smith - keyboards (2008- )
- Gael Pirlot - bass (2008- )
- Former Members
- Ben Simpkins - guitar, bass, keyboards (2002–2007)
- Brad Jeffcoat - vocals (1999–2002)
- Jimmy McCall - bass (1999–2002)
- 2004 - Sublimation
- 2006 - Penumbra Diffuse
- 2007 - Cortical Tectonics
- 2008 - The Atomized Dream
- 2010 - Irradiance
Demos & EPs
- 2000 - Demo I
- 2000 - Demo II
- 2003 - Spatial/Design