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.
@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
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!"
"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.
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.
"couldn't imagine this band coming out of any other time than the late 60s, early 70s. " really? because it's pretty much a timeless album and there's nothing from either decade which sounds like it. nothing from many other year either. maybe it's folk music from a time we've not yet reached. but as a band i think they masterfully escaped any of the cheese or cliches of the 60's and 70's which is what that guy meant.
"Jan Dukes seems that little bit darker, twisted, unconventional, mature and sinister sounding than Comus to my ears. " not even close, imo. the only similarity between the two is the frantic playing at some parts. lyrically JDDG have nothing on Comus's more taboo subjects, and Comus definitely sounded more twisted when they were using off-tune string instruments and Wootton's madman vocals where he seems to enjoy the stuff he's singing about. First Utterance can't be touched, though JDDG are very solid
Well, I think "Out of the Coma" is a lot more than half as good as "First Utterance". Granted, after 41 years the novelty is a bit out of it, but those two match in style. Shame only that they didn't record the "Malgaard Suite" anew, instead of this shitty old recording...