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  • Summary: The fifth album for the British metalcore band includes guest appearances by Jon Green of Deez Nuts, Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, and Drew York of Stray From The Path.
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  1. Jun 20, 2012
    80
    Daybreaker is a great album. It'll go down as one of Architects' finest works.
  2. Kerrang!
    Jun 20, 2012
    80
    They sound more surefooted. [26 May 2012, p.52]
  3. Jun 27, 2012
    80
    A powerful return to form.
  4. Alternative Press
    Jun 20, 2012
    70
    Daybreaker is their best yet. [Jul 2012, p.90]
  5. Forging a path not quite dismissing their last batch of cuts, Architects' drive to re-assert their heavier influences makes for a back-and-forth slug match that draws on a little too long at points – yet is still memorable enough to keep you coming back for the highlights.
  6. Jun 20, 2012
    60
    Daybreaker sounds stripped down, not a step up.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 20, 2012
    60
    A return to heavy, complex and vicious riffing, though Sam Carter's sporadically tuneful vocals still offer respite. [Jun 2012, p.100]

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  1. Jul 23, 2016
    9
    It's really atmospheric metalcore. The light, airy nature of it make it incredibly relaxing. There's a sense of emotion to go along with theIt's really atmospheric metalcore. The light, airy nature of it make it incredibly relaxing. There's a sense of emotion to go along with the heaviness of the themes the album carries. The lyrics touch on topics like the more negative aspects of politics and religion.

    While there isn't much variation in the vocal work, the tone of the album keeps things strong across it's 11 tracks. Time breezes by as the album sucks you in. It reaches it's hooks into you almost immediately. It's some of the most emotionally effective music I've listened to. It drew me into it in ways few other songs have, much less full albums.

    Even with it's heaviness there's something remarkably calm about Daybreaker. It's some of the easiest listening music I've heard from this genre. Stuff you can sit down and read a book to, while simultaneously making you want to breakdown in the mosh pit. An album that's pretty perfect no matter what mood you're in. Even more impressive is that it manages to do so without sacrificing the sense of energy or aggression the genre is known for.

    9.2/10
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