Drew Brown and Destin Frost met at Brentwood High School in the fall of 2010. School chums with a passion for progressive rock, they quickly added classmate Eric Bezner to their line-up in the spring of 2011. The trio began as a simple classic rock tribute band under the name Vintage Vision, but by 2012 they had branched away from covers and started writing their own original material. After changing their name to Atrophy, they started performing original material at venues in Nashville. The new name gave their audiences an improper idea of the group, and it resulted in changing the name to Arcane Atlas (arcane meaning “ancient or known by few” and atlas meaning “a map of the world”). It was a perfect fit for the vibe they hoped to generate with their music.
Specter’s Attainment, their first EP (produced by Will Lamb), was released on July 26, 2013. By the summer of 2014, they had enough original material for their debut album Constellation Plus (Produced by Marcus Wanner) which was released on August 11, 2014. It included 7 new songs in addition to 5 reworked tracks that originally appeared on Specter’s Attainment. Wanner also supplied several lead guitar riffs and provided additional keyboard work for the record. Soon after the album’s release, however, Bezner left Arcane Atlas to pursue other career opportunities.
In December 2014, Arcane Atlas signed a 3-year promotional distribution contract with Musea Records located in Metz, France for Constellation Plus. In January 2015, Brown and Frost added Si Deane as their new guitarist. Bringing a new feel to the group, the band immediately began working on their sophomore album, Metris (Produced by Marcus Wanner) and released it on February 16, 2016.
In March 2016, Arcane Atlas added keyboard player Will Braun to the group to enhance their live sound in preparation for touring in support of the new album.
Destin Frost (November 16, 1995) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and is the eldest of three boys. At a young age, he was fascinated with New Age composer, Yanni. Destin even credits Yanni to developing his love for music. When Destin was seven, his father bought him a keyboard as well as a bass guitar to learn and play along with his father. Soon afterwards, he realized Destin’s approach to a keyboard was very rhythmic and bought him a drum set at age 8. In his freshman year of high school, he was introduced to Drew Brown, a bass player who had a similar passion for music. Drew introduced a new style of music to Destin, and he soon developed a great love for progressive rock and jazz. This greatly affected Destin’s drumming style and approach, so much to the point where Rush’s drummer, Neil Peart, inspired Destin to become a professional drummer. Destin has then since surrounded himself with great prowess of musicianship to master his instrument. He hopes to become a well-respected drummer in the progressive rock community as well as express his creativity through his instrument to create great music.
On the other side of Destin’s instrument, he is an owner of an instructional baseball club in Nashville, Tennessee called The US Baseball Club. He is also a fanatic of the arts like film, television, and art. Destin enjoys teaching, writing, acting, talking about himself in third person and sports like baseball and tennis.
Influences: Rush, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Yanni, Gavin Harrison, Steely Dan, Yes
Drew Brown (April 16, 1996) started playing bass at around the age of 12. His father, a guitar player, bought him the bass, and simply out of courtesy and respect towards his father, he continued to play and take lessons. He actually much preferred the art of acting in his youth. All of this changed in the summer of 2010 when he listened to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. Never before had music had such an impact on him personally. He discovered a passion for music at this point and decided he wanted to play with other musicians. Since then, he has been influenced by progressive rock bands and wishes to be a professional bass player.
Outside of the band, Drew is pursuing a film degree at Western Kentucky University with a minor in Russian. He started making films with his sister at a young age, and he dabbled in acting in elementary and middle school. He still enjoys acting, but with his film degree he hopes to become a film editor some day. His main goal, however, is to make a living playing and writing music with Arcane Atlas.
Influences: Genesis, King Crimson, Rush, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Pat Metheny
Si Deane (July 16, 1996) has been a self-taught guitarist from the age of 6. After digging through his fathers old CD collection, he came across the album “Best of Both Worlds” by Van Halen and after that day like so many other guitarists, he was determined to play like Eddie. He even played “Eruption” at his 5th grade talent show. Since his discovery of the expansive reaches of the guitar, Si has wanted nothing more than to be a professional musician.
In addition to playing guitar hours a day, Si is a freshman at Belmont University studying Music Business and Entrepreneurship with a concentration in Legal Studies. Si is extremely involved in local and state politics as well. He is founder and president of College Democrats of Belmont, Director of Political Affairs for College Democrats for the State of Tennessee, elected member of the Student Government, and Deputy Treasurer of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature. Although Si is very active outside of the band, his true passion is making music with Arcane Atlas.
Influences: Santana, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Pat Metheny, Satriani, Clapton, Eric Johnson
Will Braun (July 14, 1996) began taking piano lessons in 2000 right after his fourth birthday. Although he didn’t come from a musical family, he took a strong interest in learning how to play after meeting the pianist from his church. In fact, he could read sheet music before he could read words. He excelled quickly in his playing, and continued to take lessons until the end of high school before moving to Nashville. During middle school, Will began teaching himself guitar, bass, and drums. He quickly became interested in progressive rock bands as he entered high school. During high school, he was a percussionist in The Woodlands High School Band program. In his time there, their marching band won a national championship in 2013. He also performed with other ensembles at The Midwest Clinic (2012) and The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2014).
In 2015, Will started school at Belmont University in Nashville to study Music Business. He met Si Deane through a mutual friend and joined Arcane Atlas in early spring of 2016 right after the release of their sophomore album Metris.
Influences: Rush, Foo Fighters, Dream Theater, Styx, Meatloaf, Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven
Metris, a concept album, will give birth to music that would explode the conventional structures of progressive rock while staying coherent.”Gabriel Badelier Prog Critique
[Constellation Plus], is a pleasant surprise, both in terms of technical ability and compositional.”Gianluca Livi Artists and Bands
Arcane Atlas aspires to bring back the integrity and pure talent displayed by the greats of the past. This is a talented group of musicians with an extremely promising future.”Patrick McAfee Dutch Progressive Rock Page
[Metris] sounds extravagant, you could even say that it sounds unleashed.”Dick van der Heijde Progwereld
With Constellation Plus Arcane Atlas makes a grand entrance into the elite of the good, even very good American prog bands.”Stéphane Mayère Koid 9 Magazine
You will not get tired of Constellation Plus”Dick van der Heijde Progwereld
[Constellation Plus] is simply a summary of what has to be inventive progressive rock, which becomes concise and clear, and that ultimately shows in a new light.”Gabriel Badelier Prog Critique
1. Constellation Plus
2. Static Perception
5. For His Majesty
7. Fellowship / Thought of Reason
9. In Motu Vero
11. Self Sufficient
12. Once Tomorrow, Then Always
1. Metris Tsemär (I. Lestur's Spirit. II. Tïrupin. III. Spark of Creation. IV. Realization. V. The Battle. VI. Pelisage.)
4. The Mark
5. Tomahawk Man
6. Small Things