Broughton’s Rules – Anechoic Horizon

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: Relapse Records
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Released: November 2014
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Broughtons RulesBand line-up:

Ben Matthews
Jeff Ellsworth
Bill Baxter
Gene Doyle


1. Reverses
2. Gothics
3. Insanity Dance
4. Anechoic Horizon
5. The Fields of None
6. New Weather
7. Shadows and Light
8. Umbra


Here we have a piece by a band who, understandably, don’t want to be shoehorned into one particular genre. In fact Broughton’s Rules are one of the most experimental acts I’ve come across in recent years. There are elements of all genres and scenes in the Rock canon present on their debut release: ANECHOIC HORIZON, but does it hold up as a good album?

I think the best way to describe this album, is that it shows the band have plenty of talent and I praise them for all the hard work that went into it, but because there’s so much squeezed into eight songs, I did get lost several times. Tracks like ‘Gothics’ and ‘Anechoic Horizon’ have lots of surreal changes in direction, but because of their extreme lengths and droning guitars, it wasn’t something I’d recommend to people who aren’t familiar with experimental rock.

This is an album I’d recommend to all my friends who are studying music technology and theory at degree level. There are no lyrics, which was a little disappointing but did remind me of Wolves in the Throne Room’s recent drone album. But to anyone who picks up this album thinking it’s going to be like Swans or Sonic Youth, you’re not going to get your money’s worth.

So I will give Broughton’s Rules the benefit of the doubt and look out for their next release, but this debut only gets to the halfway point by telling us the band are talented but went over the top more than once.

Review by Demitri Levantis