House of God (album)

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House of God
Studio album by King Diamond
ReleasedJune 20, 2000
RecordedNomad Recording Studio, Carrollton, Texas,
February-April 2000
GenreHeavy metal
Length51:18
LabelMassacre (EU)/Metal Blade (US)
ProducerKing Diamond
Andy LaRocque
Kol Marshall
King Diamond chronology
Voodoo
(1998)
House of God
(2000)
Nightmare in the Nineties
(2001)
 
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House of God
Studio album by King Diamond
ReleasedJune 20, 2000
RecordedNomad Recording Studio, Carrollton, Texas,
February-April 2000
GenreHeavy metal
Length51:18
LabelMassacre (EU)/Metal Blade (US)
ProducerKing Diamond
Andy LaRocque
Kol Marshall
King Diamond chronology
Voodoo
(1998)
House of God
(2000)
Nightmare in the Nineties
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Fangoria2.5/4 stars[2]

House of God is the ninth studio album by the heavy metal band King Diamond, released in 2000. The album was remastered by Andy LaRocque and was re-released in 2009.

The album's thematics are loosely based around Rennes-le-Château.

A man gets lost in the hills and is surrounded by wolves. Suddenly an old grey wolf with shiny eyes appears, makes all other wolfs stay back, and leads the man to a small church at the bottom of a hill. The man enters the house of god in which everything starts to change. The wolf turns into a beautiful woman. They fall in love at first sight and love each other on different occasions in the church, but then the man recognizes the black devil in the church and must face that the girl is kissed by the devil. He starts discussing with “Angel” (the name of the girl) and she tells him her dramatic fate: Angel was chosen by supernatural force to guard the church and made a pact with the devil. She has one year’s time to find a replacement for herself. If she’s not successful she has to die. If she is successful she can leave the frightening place but will lose her memory. The man sadly lets her go and gets almost crazy because of heartache and isolation. In his desperation he starts to destroy the church and explores a hidden path which leads to underground catacombs. Spiders and rats reign there and everything's full of human bones. The man hears a scream from the inside of a mummy. He runs back into the church and a mysterious being tells him that there exists no god or devil but everybody’s just marionettes. The man’s shocked and starts to doubt the sense of life. He desperately asks himself: Why am I here? Where does life begin or end? Is the universe just a grain of sand on a huge beach? The man loses his faith in life, he can’t accept what he has seen and hangs himself due to desperation and pain.

The album begins with a monologue:

"Upon the Cross he did not die, they tortured him, but he survived. Smuggled across the open sea, to Southern France, tranquility. There he married Magdalene, and founded another dynasty. A church was built upon a hill, to serve all of the gods at will."

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Upon the Cross"  King Diamond1:44
2."The Trees Have Eyes"  King Diamond, Andy LaRocque4:46
3."Follow the Wolf"  King Diamond4:27
4."House of God"  King Diamond, Andy LaRocque5:36
5."Black Devil"  King Diamond4:28
6."The Pact"  King Diamond, Andy LaRocque4:10
7."Goodbye"  King Diamond1:59
8."Just a Shadow"  King Diamond4:36
9."Help!!!"  King Diamond4:21
10."Passage to Hell"  King Diamond1:59
11."Catacomb"  King Diamond, Andy LaRocque5:01
12."This Place Is Terrible"  King Diamond5:34
13."Peace of Mind" (Instrumental)Andy LaRocque2:31

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