Taking their name from a character in a John Milton poem, Comus
was a short-lived but powerful folk-rock band that seems to have made an attempt to mix elements of King Crimson
with the influences of Pentangle
, Fairport Convention
and other more traditional folk outfits. The result was a sometimes unnerving mix of ethereal and dark tones. The cover of their debut, First Utterance
(1971), bears a striking and likely deliberate resemblance to the cover of In The Court of the Crimson King
. After a period of silence, the band re-emerged with To Keep From Crying
in 1974, moving into a more experimental position. Original copies of the first album still command remarkable prices, despite recent reissues by BGO in the U.K. and Si-Wan in Asia.