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Album Review

While His Hero Is Gone simply repeated the production approach taken with the first 7" and 15 Counts of Arson, the end result is a masterpiece: a tight, cohesive, thought provoking call for change from street level. Like 15 counts of Arson, Monuments to Thieves was recorded at Polymorph in Oakland, CA, by Dan Rathburn. While the musical approach is the same — a driving crusty punk approach similar to Damad — the songwriting and confidence displayed on this recording are completely irrefutable. The lyrical direction is still personal, but taking on personal responsibility for the problems in wreckage in modern life is the consistent theme in "The Mess," "Stacks," and especially "Disease of Ease" ("We've all been inflicted with the disease of ease/comfort, stable mediocrity...march on like zombies/sway complacently"). The notion of the potential for change in taking an individual stand against the problems we face sparkles with glimmers of hope in Like Weeds, where Todd Burdette intones "as our lives unfold/and convictions are old/the real truth is told/and like weeds we will grow." Ultimately though, Monuments is a terrible realization that the history that we are taught in school reinforces thought patterns and social attitudes that reinforce institutional racism and oppression of the poorer classes by a rich and predominantly white elite. Heralding from Memphis, TN, a southern city rich in its own shameful history and monuments to oppression, His Hero Is Gone acknowledge this negative past. In the title track, "Monuments to Thieves," Burdette growls: "statues built for bastards/monuments to thieves/who carved the name of the white man/on the backs of the trees/that hung black bodies like ornaments." Behind these lyrics lies a vision of a revolution, where individual people take responsibility, rise up to topple oppression "like weeds," and, in "Cavities," destroy the statues and monuments to this oppressive history, because "just as flesh heads will hang/stone heads will roll." Monuments to Thieves may be more of the same from this amazing band, but it's so much more.

Customer Reviews

His Hero Is Finally Here!

This album is one of a kind... I've never heard anything like it. It's a blend of crust punk and sludge- down-tuned, crushing, and heavy. I can easily listen straight through this album, every track is awesome. A must have for fans of hardcore.

Not a waste of your hard earned money

Fear not, it is the genuine article!

One of my all time favorites

I love this record. It's the best crust punk album in existence. Every song is great. Changed hardcore/punk in my opinion. This record showed that you still needed to be able to play, not just smell to be crust punk


Formed: Memphis, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

In the last years of the 1990s, one of the few venues for underground punk shows in Memphis, TN, was a warehouse space located across the street from the hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated. In the midst of the city's economic depression, surrounded by timeless symbols of oppression, social struggle, rock & roll and blues, His Hero Is Gone rose as a new voice for the voiceless victims of increasing globalization, terroristic urban policing, cultural alienation, and corporate greed. Through...
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