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For their ninth album of fictional horror storytelling, King Diamond settled on the location of Rennes-le-Château, an enigmatic French hilltop village that's central to The Da Vinci Code and countless other conspiracy theories. In the album's narrative, a man falls in love with a ghostlike woman who's been sent by the devil to guard the township’s famous castle. Driven by an unattainable lust for the woman, the man uncovers the secrets of the castle and is eventually driven insane when the nihilistic truth of humankind is revealed to him, shattering his preconceived notions of religion. This is by far King Diamond’s most psychological work, with strong parallels to the supernatural fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Musically, it's the band’s most visceral statement. Where its predecessor, Voodoo, was all about peculiar atmosphere, songs like ”Follow the Wolf,” “Catacomb,” and the brawny “Help!!!” get their power from the riffs' muscular force. Those craving the theatricality of '80s-era King Diamond can proceed to “Just a Shadow” and “House of God,” which finds the mighty King alternating between a guttural snarl and his resplendent falsetto.

Customer Reviews

Underrated masterpiece

The professional review really trashes this album. I'm here to tell you that the only thing wrong with the original release that it lacked proper mixing. Andy LaRoque has remixed and remastered this release and will be working on the spider's lullaby, graveyard, voodoo as well. The original recordings were mixed by metal blade staff with low standards. The story with the album is great. Glenn Drover (currently with Megadeth) is the 2nd guitarist on the record, offering some melodic leads. It may not be the best King Diamond album, but it is great nonetheless.


This is a great album! The only thing is this is not an album to start with. This is an album for more devoted (or as other people say hardcore) fans. It is really a matter of realizing that even though it is not like "Them", "Abigail", or "Give Me Your Soul". It is different like most KD albums, but like all are great. This is a gem that is over looked just like a lot of his non-popular albums.
Long live the King.

Underrated agreed

OK, so, sure, this isn't Abigail or even The Eye. But I've just listened though this release two times, and I really like it. I've been a fan for decades, having seen KD and MF in concert as early as '88. I didn't buy this album in the past because I was scared that it might be a waste of $10. Sorry, King, I was wrong. Not for your first KD/MF purchase, but by no means a waste of your money. Solid KD.


Born: June 14, 1956 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Widely regarded as the finest vocalist in all of metal (who possesses a multi-octave range), theatrical rocker King Diamond first rose to prominence as a member of Mercyful Fate before launching a solo career on his own. Born Kim Bendix Petersen in Denmark on June 14, 1956, the future King Diamond was originally drawn to theatrically based hard rock due to such trailblazers as Alice Cooper, and soon began fronting local bands in the '70s, including a punk metal outfit called the Brats. Shortly thereafter,...
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House of God, King Diamond
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jun 20, 2000

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