House of God (album)

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House of God
Studio album by King Diamond
Released2000
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
Released2000
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 an 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. The thirteen tracks tell the story of a weary traveller who is led to a church for lodging by a terrifying but compassionate wolf creature. Once there, the wolf transforms into a beautiful woman who seduces the traveler into a soul-selling deal. Once imprisoned in the Château, the traveller descends to the bowels of the building and finds a crypt, wherein lies the body of "Christ".

Disillusioned and heart-broken, the traveller prepares to commit suicide, only to learn that God and the Devil are toys of even higher entities. The album begins with a haunting 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

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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