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Beckenham, London, United Kingdom

Taking their name from a character in a John Milton masque, Comus is a folk rock band from Beckenham, UK that mixes elements of with the influences of The Pentangle, Fairport Convention and other more traditional folk outfits. The band broke up shortly after releasing their first album, ‘First Utterance’ (1971), due to its failure commercially. Some of the original members later re-convened for their second album, ‘To Keep From Crying’ (1974). Once again commercial success eluded the group, and they disbanded.

‘First Utterance’ was re-released in the UK in 1995. Other releases followed in Italy and Japan, culminating in the release of a 2 CD compilation in 2005, featuring everything that Comus had ever recorded in the early 1970’s.

Comus reunited in the late-2000s and played several shows, starting with the Swedish Mellotronen Festival in March 2008. A DVD of that performance was released in 2011, and in 2012 they released their third album, aptly named ‘Out of the Coma’, on Rise Above Records.

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  • Echos_Myron

    I agree with most of the posters below. Due to my Comus obsession, I have scoured the internet for bands that sound similar to Comus and my conclusion: There is no band like Comus. There are plently of dark, medieval sounding acid folk bands, but nothing approaches the raw intensity of Comus.

    17 Feb 12:19am Reply
  • Antikrun

    Why never a song from To Keep From Crying (maybe a self-titled masterpiece) live?

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ThyRedrum

    Comus-->Jethro Tull

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Metalion_SOS

    Jan Dukes de Grey's Rats And Mice In The Cellar sounds pretty similar to First Utterance.

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Ashbad

    @SCREAM109 agreed, it wasn't nearly perfect in every way like First Utterance but I still enjoyed it. I just think they were trying too hard to make a First Utterance 2 rather than something more original

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Ashbad

    holy shit First Utterance is like the best album of all time

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I'm starting to understand Comus and enjoy them...that's unsettling haha

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • SCREAM109

    @MilitaryTwoStep: Out of the Coma may not be up to par with FIrst Utterance but it's in no way mediocre.

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • WS9167

    gradually coming to the realisation and acceptance there are no bands like Comus and every obscure folk record someone reccs you from the 70's on the basis "it totes sounds like comus dude!" is a LIE and what they mean is "it totes sounds like comus if they had none of the appeal of comus dude!" [2]

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    gradually coming to the realisation and acceptance there are no bands like Comus and every obscure folk record someone reccs you from the 70's on the basis "it totes sounds like comus dude!" is a LIE and what they mean is "it totes sounds like comus if they had none of the appeal of comus dude!"

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    this band deserved to have 9 albums of intensifying quality with each release not one amazing record followed by mediocrity. there is no justice in this world.

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • Lord_Graf

    Roadburn gig was amazing indeed!

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • KaramAkerfeldt

    Their Roadburn show was magical. :)

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • grantosjones

    Anyone else catch these at Roadburn? Fucking incredible.

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • mauesndkj

    "there's no album that sounds like First Utterance of course, but instrumentally it sounds like other british folk rock of the 70s and has that same medieval vibe. nothing comes close to the intensity of the playing and the dark lyrical themes though, no one else had the balls.". I'd agree, but did you listen Hoelderlin's Traum by Hoelderlin and St. Radiguns by Spyrogira? that albums have a similar kind of intensity, especially Hoelderlin's Traum. Check 'em out. And you, people, if you're reading this, listen that albums, too.

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • vrthngwntbttr

    aww gec

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    roger wootten sounds like the bloke from family, if you don't like hippy dippy folk this twisted shit's for you

    12 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    узнал благодаря дэвиду тибету, понравилось больше, чем карренты

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • majo334

    i have listened to Comus for the first time when i was 18. i didnt get it. now i am 24 and this album hits me so much, i nearly got an orgasm while listening.

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    it doesn't really sound like any other 60 or 70's folk rock band instrumentally though. it really doesn't.

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
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