Comus   First Utterance
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Ranking: #30 for 1971

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4.5 superbIai EMERITUS | December 17th 07

First Utterance isn't the only forgotten album to be uncovered by a major band as a key influence and brought to a whole new audience, but it may just be the best. Opeth are the band in question, of course, with both My Arms, Your Hearse and "The Baying of the Hounds" being references to songs here, and while this isn't a prog rock/death metal epic by any means, it's easy to see what Opeth took from here. The atmosphere is creepy as hell throughout, with the band putting folk music through a mangle that makes it sound like The Wicker Man's soundtrack amped up to 11. There's songs about rape, songs about murder, songs about pagan rituals, and it's all absolutely outstanding. An incredible album by any measure.

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4.5 superbCugnoBrasso | December 7th 17

What I don't like about freak records is that they often tend to be freaky all along, which I find tiresome on the long run. This album never does it though, quite the opposite, it always takes its time to take a running start, and when it blasts, it blasts hard, but it never wears out its welcome. Match this with an exquisitly British instrumentation, and you got yourself the ultimate psych folk record. I rate this 4.5, but it's probably a bit more. As I side note, I happen to be among the few people who discovered Opeth through this band, rather than the other way around.

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5.0 classicMarsKid | March 16th 16

What can be said about this album that hasn't already been said? It's delightfully crazy and creepy and still seems to be ahead of the times. Musically, the album never falters, covering a lot of ground within its genre, leading to a very interesting and captivating listen whenever you spin it.

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4.0 excellentmanosg STAFF | October 11th 14

Genre-hopping, experimental, trippy and genuinely scary. The combination of folk/prog/psych with
crazy lyrics create a schizophrenic and dreamlike atmosphere.

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5.0 classictawnyAnt | July 4th 14

Even in the musical landscape of 2014 where entire genres are devoted to evoking the sounds of forest, of night and of terror, "First Utterance" is still the finest ode to them all.

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5.0 classicquelus | June 9th 12

One of the best albums I've ever heard!

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0.0 Wreath | May 2nd 12

It took me a while to wrap my head around this oddball.

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5.0 classiccedrickthesaxon | January 6th 10

A must hear for any fan of prog rock and/or folk. This album will scare the shit out of you while its beauty takes your breath away and its lyrics make you wanna kill yourself. Good stuff!

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