The Secret Treaties
album, at one point titled Power In The Hands Of Fools, has a loose concept based on the character Desdenova (an H. P. Lovecraft inspiration), who according to the group's manager Sandy Pearlman, has "made a secret treaty with the ambassadors of Plutonia."
This dark fantasy meshed with the group's heavy sound to create an ambitious album that lead singer Eric Bloom
considers their best. Melody Maker
readers agreed, naming it the Top Rock Album Of All Time in a 1975 poll.
"Career of Evil" was released as a single, but failed to chart. The group didn't crack the Hot 100 until 1976 with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper