Converge :: Concubine

The summer I graduated high school was the year Converge's Jane Doe album came out. The first song I ever heard from them was Concubine. I was in a punk/ska band at the time, and my bandmates were trying to explain to me this new heavy hardcore sound. Previously I was listening to Silverchair, Nirvana, and Marilyn Manson. But hearing Converge completely changed my life and my musical tastes. At the time it was the heaviest, fastest music I had ever heard. It broke the boundaries of what I knew music to be.

Here are the lyrics for Concubine:

"Dear, I'll stay gold just to keep these pasts at bay
To keep the loneliest of nights from claiming you
and to keep these longest of days from waking you
For I felt the greatest of winters coming
and I saw you as seasons shifting from blue to grey
That's where the coldest of these days await me
and distance lays her heavy head beside me
There I'll stay gold, forever gold"

These beautiful lyrics, combined with that music melted my brain and allowed me to be creative in a new way I didn't think was even possible at that time.
This band is what lead me down the road to more hardcore, metalcore, grindcore, and then deathcore bands.