Marcel H. : The sludgers called Starve are back at the front with an album which only available as download and on vinyl (via Badger Records and directly from the band). No, the band doesn’t believe in CD’s. ‘Machine Nation’ turned into quite a surprise. That band has made a move I didn’t see coming. Reverend JJ employs clean vocals, now as well, regularly. It took me some time to get used to. At times the cleans come across a little strange but there are moments where JJ really makes them shine. His characteristic hardcore-like screamed vocals are still employed a lot, as well, which is really good for the variation. Musically the band also deviates a bit from the path they travelled along before. More southern and grunge influences are used now. When it comes those grunge influences think of how a sludge band such as Hangman’s Chair uses them, so does Starve, ‘Machine nation’ has turned into an extremely varied album which will sees to it that Starve’s name will become better known. This album supported by Starve’s intense live performances, I can’t see any obstacles along the way.