Filthy Empire, released February 2013, is the debut album from the British hard rock band Heaven’s Basement. The lead single ‘Fire, Fire‘ came out in September 2012 in the build up to the album. It peaked at number eleven on the Mainstream Rock chart.
The album features Aaron Buchanan on vocals, Sid Glover on guitar and backing vocals, Rob Ellershaw on bass and Chris Rivers on drums. With tracks being taken from the first 5 years of the bands existence, some of which were already featured on the two EPs Heaven’s Basment (2009) and Unbreakable (2011). Its a perfect combination of old and new material to officially announce themselves to the world as the album shouts proudly “We’re here, so listen up!”.
Heaven’s Basement have set the bar pretty high for themselves with this debut. This hard hitting album mixes the big catchy choruses of 80’s and 90’s hard rock with a more modern rock sound. It’s not only a throw back but new and unique at the same time.
The heavy guitar riffs will instantly get your attention while the drumming is superb but it’s ‘s vocals that set this band apart from the rest. I can not recommend this band or this album enough. If you like rock music you simply have to give it a listen. When you do, I know it won’t disappoint!
Unfortunately back in October of the year the band announced that they were parting ways with lead singer Aaron Buchanan. They said at the time “we’ve all had a fantastic few years touring the world with Filthy Empire but we simply feel that our time together has run its course”. This is a major set back for the band who seem to lose members every time they start building up a head of steam. Disappointingly I was hoping for a new EP or LP in 2016, but I doubt that will happen now.
Verdict: Thumbs Up