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Comus' special blend of...er, progressive folk-rock(?) is immediately palpable as "Diana" makes itself known. Jerking violins and a mischievous bass line are underscored by a sinuous and creepy slide guitar part. The singing is another story--many members of the group sing, but the dominant voice is Roger Wooton's. Throughout the album, he stretches the possibilities of his voice to fascinating lengths (one of the most innovative elements of the album, not unlike Captain Beefheart, if more tuneful), including low groans, demonic falsetto, and some really interesting singing-while-chest-thumping. "Diana" quickly picks up speed, and the tension bursts into a tribal explosion of hand drums. It's one of the shortest, most accessible songs on the album, despite its vague lyrics that seem to forbode some hazy violence in the forest.Read more ›
How to describe it for someone who doesn't want to rush in blindly like myself? One critic described it as "a cross between a frenzied version of the witches chorus from Macbeth and Marc Bolan being squeezed to death." Ok. Well, at its core it is based in idioms of British folk music, but it is fusionized and rendered with a harsh, dissonant strikes with aliens bursting from the chest cavity. It can be rather heavy music -- not metal or hard rock heavy, but heavy in the atonal ferocity with which they are capable of attack their instruments with at times. I never thought acoustic instruments could sound so nasty. That raises another point: Comus' music is almost entirely acoustic -- acoustic guitar, electric bass, hand drums, flute, violin (and a little bit of electric guitar). This gives the album a very stark sound which adds to the genuineness of their doomy, dark fantasy world. The complex arrangements and rocking power of this band are tremendous. This band can rip it up like Gentle Giant or mystify with haunting musical landscapes like King Crimson (without sounding like either). The vocals run a remarkable gamut, from evil munchkin snarls to wispy female vocals to normal male singing.Read more ›
Here is my review for the Japanese import, the musical content of which is the same. The import comes in one of those awesome mini-vinyl sleeve things (like the reissues of the King Crimson back catalogue up to _THRAK_); I don't know how this one is packaged, but hopefully it's cool, because an album like this deserves more than a cheap azz jewel case.
"I heard about Comus reading an interview with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt. He has very interesting taste in some very obscure 70s bands, and mentioned Comus so I thought they might be good. I knew nothing about the band except that they took their name from a John Milton poem, and my only expectation (judging from the disfigured wretch on the cover) was that it would be a dark album. I never expected it to be so good. This is one of my "desert island albums" for sure, because of its unique sound and power.
"How to describe it for someone who doesn't want to rush in blindly like myself? One critic described it as "a cross between a frenzied version of the witches chorus from Macbeth and Marc Bolan being squeezed to death." Ok. Well, at its core it is based in idioms of British folk music, but it is fusionized and rendered with a harsh, dissonant strikes with aliens bursting from the chest cavity. It can be rather heavy music -- not metal or hard rock heavy, but heavy in the atonal ferocity with which they are capable of attack their instruments with at times.Read more ›
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Histerical mad Folk music which either you will like or hate even bordering on very dark and mystical. They sound like a bunch of banshees on speed.Published on July 17, 2014 by G. S. Fazakas
Do you like your 70s English folk rock weird? I mean, really weird? Then I have good news; you've hit the jackpot. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by A. Weirdly Mungster
I owned a vinyl copy in the early 70s only because one of the band was a childhood friend of sorts, a couple of years older than me and a couple of years was a lot in those days... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by M. A. Stevens
Initially released in 1971, and I've discovered they do have at least two other CD's available. Unfortunately, since this British experimental folk (until now, I wasn't even aware... Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by Mike Reed
Like many, I was introduced to Comus through Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth. Seeing as how he's an absolute musical genius and a respected source for obscure or underappreciated acts of... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by C. Nile Dementia
You will love this album. Run, do not walk to get this album. One of the best kept prog/folk secrets of the early 70s art rock scene.Published on November 5, 2010 by Matt Fellers
Not many albums feel genuinely dangerous. This one does.
The band, in their photos, look like psychotics, hippies gone wrong. Read more