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4.17 | 562 ratings

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4 stars The first album by Comus has to be one of musical history's greatest and most mythical albums. Hailing from the early 70's and shrouded in an unnerving musical atmosphere it has gained quite the reputation over the years. The question one asks: Is the album really that good? I think so. The myth and legend is merely a part of the album, because the music within is so great you wonder what went on inside the askewed and twisted formation of a band. At first listen I found myself disgusted by what I heard. Never had I heard such abnormal music. Folk? I did not know. It was so twisted it was hard to tell. But then everything unravelled and the album presented itself in all it's macbre glory.

All songs on the album deals with horror-like themes of evil and unworldly doings. I will not go into describing the tracks inmuch detail, only expressing my view that the best tracks being "The herald", "Drip drip" and "Song to Comus". They are really exciting pieces of music. The other track are very good indeed but these three are, IMO, the best.

The music could be categorised as acoustic, Hammer Horror folk with a truly twisted edge. There is nothing normal about this folk outfit, nor anything like it. When speaking of unique Comus really do possess that. Other bands may have tried but I feel no other band really came or comes close to sounding like this, so loose and demented it seems natural. Like the soundtrack to your worst niughtmare the music still possesses incredible beauty and goes beyod sheer novelty. The musicianship is very accomplished and at times brilliant. Female and male vocals fly in and out of the mist of twisted imagination, creating a tapestry of sound and images seldom or ever copied to the same degree of brilliance. A classic in it's own right and something that must be heard to be believed.

GruvanDahlman | 4/5 |


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