House of Godby King Diamond
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.
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- Metal Blade
Performance CreditsKing Diamond Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
David Harbour Bass
Kol Marshall Keyboards
Andy LaRocque Guitar,Keyboards
Technical CreditsKing Diamond Producer
David Harbour Producer
Thomas Holm Cover Art
Kol Marshall Producer,Engineer
Andy LaRocque Composer,Producer
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The new King Diamond album is good 80's metal sounding with cool keyboards and a storyline that's very complex and very eerie! This, along with Iron Maiden and Halford is the best metal out today!!
King Diamond is still loyal to his unique and very powerful metalstyle with very exiting storyline. I dont expect anything else from King - and i think it´s the right thing. Anyway - i highly recommend this album to all of the metalheads in the world!!!
House of God signaled a return to the root of evil. Great tracks like ''Tree's have eyes'' or ''HELP!!!'' scream out a blazing fire of intense headbanging that you cannot ignore. I take offense at a review that snipes the word ''pretentious'' from a reviewer that obviously missed the mark. Spider's Lullaby was flat and didn't have the Satanic spice that King Diamond fans crave. Listen up King Diamond fans House of God is for you!!! Hail Satan!
...because the level of the King's album has declined. There are good songs: "The trees have Eyes", "House of God", "Black Devil", "Just a Shadow" and "Follow the Wolf. But the other ones are not so good. They are more like filling tracks. Fortunately, the vocals are still excellent.