ERA CAPRICORN is a really beautiful band. Check them out if you are into atmospheric metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
Hi Battlehelm, first of all let us thank you for having us. I think, we do not deserve to be heard more or less than any other hard working band or person, that creates music with all their passion. Instead, let me say: If you like your metal dark, atmospheric and with a lot of melody, you will like our work “I wander alone”.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-We wanted the Capricorn to be our symbol right from the beginning. The rest was just finding a fitting prefix for that. In the end, we had 3 options, that we preferred and chose “Era Capricorn”. I don’t think, the name does embody our sound too much, as nobody connects a certain style of music to a capricorn, but I don’t think, that this is necessary.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-While Marina and I basically share the same musical taste, Marina tends to be drawn a bit more towards Doom like Saturnus, while I am steered a bit more towards atmospheric stuff like Summoning. The combination of this has created the sound, that you can now hear on our record.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-We decided to have a CD pressing of our record, as we believe, that the metal scene still appreciates a record, that they can physically hold in their hands. But we also see, that times have changed and a lot of people prefer digital options nowadays, which is, why we will add them soon. I think that is, because the digital ways are so much more instantly available nowadays. If you find an artist and immediately like his work, you might want to buy a record digitally, to enjoy it NOW and not next week.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Exactly the same. Personally, we don’t use Spotify. Most of our new music, we discover via Youtube…which is basically still the same. But the same thing applies here: We use it to discover, then get the physical versions of records, if available.

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The artwork can be used to transport a certain atmosphere, that you think your music holds, too. In our case, we wanted the capricorn to appear lonely, in a very beautiful setting. The forest area on our cover is a forest behind our house, where we went on a very snowy day and took some pictures there, that we combined into the cover artwork.

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-As we have just started out doing this and have no prior experience in that field, we cannot compare it to the ways that worked 10 years ago. We try to use the social media channels effectively, but are still gathering experience and experiment with what works and what doesn’t.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Not much. Era Capricorn is live now for about 4 months. I think, it is a little to early for that.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We are not touring at all right now. For the moment, it is a musical project of 2 people. So we are lacking the lineup to do live shows. That might change in the future, but we have not decided yet, where that might lead us. But yeah, I think gigging is indeed one of the best ways, to get your music out to people.

What will the future bring?
-More music hopefully. For now, as we have just released our record, we are solely concentrating on doing promotion for it. We already have a lot of new melodies and song parts lined up, as I write everything down, that comes to my mind, if I deem it fitting for Era Capricorn. But for now, “I wander alone” is our focus for the next months.
Thank you for doing this interview with us. We had a lot of fun answering your questions.

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