CD House of God [Digipak] [039841477924] (CD 6246632),
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House of God [Digipak] [039841477924]

  • 1. Upon the Cross
    2. Trees Have Eyes, The
    3. Follow the Wolf
    4. House of God
    5. Black Devil
    6. Pact, The
    7. Goodbye
    8. Just a Shadow
    9. Help!!!
    10. Passage to Hell
    11. Catacomb
    12. This Place is Terrible
    13. Peace of Mind
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 147792

  • Credits
    EngineerJ.T. Longoria; Kol Marshall

    King Diamond: King Diamond (vocals, keyboards); Andy La Rocque (guitar, keyboards); Glen Drover (guitar); Dave Harbour (bass); John Herbert (drums).
    Additional keyboards: Kol Marshall.
    Producers: King Diamond, Andy La Rocque, Kol Marshall.
    Recorded at Nomad Recording Studio, Carrollton, Texas.
    Personnel: King Diamond (vocals, keyboards); Andy LaRocque (guitar, keyboards); Glen Drover (guitar); Kol Marshall (keyboards); David Harbour (bass guitar); John Hbert (drums).
    Audio Mixers: King Diamond; Kol Marshall.
    Audio Remasterer: Andy LaRocque.
    Photographer: Alex Solca.
    This pretentious, epic, almost sappy concept record follows lyrical suit with King Diamond's previous offerings, however, House of God lacks the musical commitment of the artist's best recordings, Them and Abigal. Rare in his ability to manage a successful solo career with a long-time band partnership, King Diamond was very busy releasing numerous albums, both on his own and with Mercyful Fate in the '90s. Quantity might have taken precedence of quality as the prolific vocalist and songwriter ended up offering several sub par discs during this period. Long time guitarist and co-songwriter Andy La Rocque joins Diamond, drummer John Herbert, guitarist Glen Drover, and bassist Dave Harbour on House of God. Each member delivers fine performances, but the opportunities to stretch out are rare as Diamond pastes his obtuse prose (more like an album-length short story than poetry or song lyrics) all over mediocre riffs and flat arrangements. Creative ambition and a dark quirkiness are decidedly core elements to Diamond's appeal, but these qualities often require catalysts to be transforming. A certain amount of intellect and humor are needed to support what can be otherwise bland music. Sadly, there is little in the way of interesting writing or fiery musical performances to enhance House of God, a lesser King Diamond release. ~ Vincent Jeffries

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (7/10/00, p.34) - "...Spooky...the evil royal King is at his gothic, witchy best..."
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