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Album · 2000

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1. Upon the Cross (1:44)
2. The Trees Have Eyes (4:46)
3. Follow the Wolf (4:27)
4. House of God (5:36)
5. Black Devil (4:28)
6. The Pact (4:10)
7. Goodbye (1:59)
8. Just a Shadow (4:36)
9. Help!!! (4:21)
10. Passage to Hell (1:59)
11. Catacomb (5:01)
12. This Place Is Terrible (5:34)
13. Peace of Mind (2:31)

Total Time: 51:18


- King Diamond / Vocals
- Andy LaRocque / Guitars
- Glen Drover / Guitars
- David Harbour / Bass guitar
- John Luke Hébert / Drums

Guest musician:

- Kol Marshall / Keyboards (additional)

About this release

Release date: June 20, 2000
Label: Metal Blade Records

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Nomad Recording Studio, Carrollton, Dallas, Texas.

This is a concept album of King's opinion of "what really happened" to Jesus Christ.

Chart positions: #60 (Sweden)

Also released as a 12" picture LP limited to 1000 copies.

Remastered in 2009 by Andy LaRocque.

Miscellaneous staff:
- Brian Ames (as Brian J. Ames) / Design
- Alex Solca / Photography
- Thomas Holm / Cover art
- J.T. Longoria / Engineering
- Kol Marshall / Producer, Engineering, Mixing
- Andy LaRocque / Producer
- King Diamond / Producer, Mixing

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"House of God" is the 9th full-length studio album by multi-national heavy metal act King Diamond. The album was released through Metal Blade Records (US)/Massacre Records (Europe) in June 2000. Since the release of "Voodoo (1998)" there have been a couple of lineup changes as guitarist Herb Simonsen has been replaced by Glen Drover (Eidolon) and bassist Chris Estes has been replaced by David Harbour.

As with almost all King Diamond albums "House of God" is a concept album. This time loosely based on the legend of Rennes-le-Château. It´s the story that tells that Jesus Christ didn´t die on the cross, but fled to France, maried Marie Magdalene, had children and that his final resting place is the church of Rennes-le-Château. There are several stories/myths though and one also tells that the holy grail is hidden at the church of Rennes-le-Château. That is only a part of the concept story on "House of God" though which also features a twisted love affair (between the protagonist and a shapeshifting woman/wolf), unpleasant horrors and other King Diamond specialities like curses, deaths, and occultism. It all boils down to an existentialistic theme that questions the existence of God and Satan.

The music on the album is the usual theatrical heavy metal style with power/thrash metal springlings, that King Diamond have played since day one. Powerful riffs, atmospheric keyboards, shredding melodic soloing, and King Diamond´s high pitched vocals in front. His use of harmonies and choirs are exquisite as always. Tracks like "The Trees Have Eyes", "Black Devil" and the beautiful instrumental closer "Peace of Mind" all score high in my book, but "House of God" is actually quite the inspired and consistent album and one of the band´s better post 1990 albums. The story might be a bit disjointed and King Diamond has probably been slightly too ambitious with the concept on this one, but the actual music is great.

The sound production is a bit "dry" or maybe "pro tooled" is a better word, but still powerful sounding. Maybe it´s a matter of taste though and others might enjoy the sound production more than I do. It´s only a slight distraction though and not a major issue. So even though there are a couple of issues (I´m not a fan of the drumming style either. It´s too "stiff" and could have prospered from a more organic playing style) with "House of God" that prevents it from being rated "out of the scale", it´s still a very solid release and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.
Like Mercyful Fate's Dead Again and 9, King Diamond's Voodoo was an attempt to update the band's sound which felt a bit like a misfire - the problem was that whilst the old sound was beginning to get a bit stale and samey, the new sound didn't seem to have a compelling enough musical vision behind it to make it as interesting as the old one. So it is that House of God, which finds King returning to his solo group as his full-time recording gig, also sees him returning to the signature sound of that group circa Abigail/Them, with perhaps a little extra heaviness here or there. It's a fun enough ride, but between the silly Holy Blood/Holy Grail plot and the rote repetition of King Diamond motifs, it's hardly essential.

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