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I won't be one that feeds an unknown God... - 90%

ozzman2388, June 24th, 2007

'House Of God' is undoubtedly one of King's best releases. However it also marks in my opinion the end of the best part of his career.

Like most of King Diamond's work, it's a concept album, with some would say a modern subject which gained a lot of hype due to a lot of books and films about it. Nevertheless the plot is solid and is told again from King's point of view, who now impersonates a traveler in Southern France. It seems useless to retell the story, having been outlined in all of the other reviews but anyway it shows the traveler's discovery of the real story behind the Bible. It is well written and easy to follow through the album.

The songs have the classic rhythm changes of all of King's albums, and feature besides a great guitar work from both LaRoque and Drover a very good vocal performance from King Diamond who alternates very skillfully between the low parts and his trademark falsetto.

'House Of God' starts off with 'Upon The Cross' which sounds a little like 'Funeral' from 'Abigail', and sets the atmosphere for the story to unfold. Of course taken individually the songs wouldn't all be very appealing, but as a whole they bind into a good album. The plot actually begins in 'The Trees Have Eyes', which has everything you'd expect from King Diamond: good riffs and even better vocals. 'Follow The Wolf' doesn't live up to it's predecessor and is merely a linker between the previous and 'House Of God'; this could be regarded as a semi-love song with a moderate rhythm which fits perfectly to give a more solid base for the whole story and again has very good solos from both guitarists.

'Black Devil' is where the second part of the album begins and has a very catchy beginning riff (as in all of King's songs, the rhythm quickly breaks and makes way for other riffs and solos which make the songs less interesting if taken individually). This is again a passage to 'The Pact' which is a highlight of the album both because of the music itself but also because of the lyrics marking one of the important parts of the story.

'Goodbye' is the classic mid-album song and can again be regarded as a love song; I for one think this is where King's later obsession for flying and butterflies started :)

If 'Goodbye' was uninteresting and you've just waited for it to end, 'Just a Shadow' and 'Help!!!' have a very good pace and are very good at creating the setting for the last part of the album, the character gradually losing all hope and becoming desperate about his fate. 'Passage To Hell' is another low point in the album as is 'Catacomb' which don't impress much except for a fast paced ending of 'Catacomb'; but this part had to be on the album for the story's sake as it should be one of the turning points...

The final part is probably the best one and features the best song on the album: 'This Place Is Terrible'. Not only does it have the best lyrics part perfectly interpreted by King but it also has an instrumental part to match it. It gradually increases in tempo and tension, ending with the traveler's denial of the 'unknown God' and choosing of the best way of solving his ideological problem: 'Up, up the grey cold stairs, up into the tower of Hell, with a rope in my hand, I'm searching for the unknown land'. 'Peace Of Mind' beautifully shows the state of calmness and spiritual rest reached, as it is a beautiful slow instrumental ending.

After 'Voodoo' the fans expected something at least as good as that and 'House Of God' managed to fulfill those expectations. It is a very good album, and a great one especially if you're a King Diamond fan.