Retrospective: His Hero is Gone – “Monuments to Thieves”

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His Hero is Gone opens their 1997 masterpiece, Monuments to Thieves, with a damning, near-violent opening line: “Statues built for bastards / Monuments to thieves.” The album was a virulent, abrasive attack on America’s expansive poverty, crippling infrastructure, poor education and lack of universal medical care. The band’s foundational and fundamental influence on crust punk and crust-influenced metal is evident today across the globe (demonstrated heavily in Japanese punk). His Hero is Gone may no longer play shows but their vitriol and angst can still be felt as fresh as new on Monuments to Thieves. Continue reading