Pander is one of those bands who seem to slowly rise from the doomed underground of the low lands. Perhaps they profit on the current stoner rock mania, and why not. They have the talent, they make damn groovy riffs and blast them out with a lot of energy. 'At The Shore' or 'Korea' are solid rock songs which could very well set an audience on fire. I can easily imagine these being fan favorites at gigs.
When I was looking for more information about the band, I found some complaints about the vocals, and perhaps those could have been mixed a bit better, a bit further to the background maybe. Many bands do that these days, and it works perfectly fine (like Conan or Stoned Jesus for example). For some reason, the vocals remind me of those by The Scabs or, in 'Leave' by Belgian Asociality. They could be rougher.
Yet, I don't think they harm the album, certainly not when played on a decent stereo installation with plenty of bass. Furthermore, I think Pander is one of those bands who will always sound better on stage than on CD because it's simply impossible to recreate the energy and intensity of a live performance. As a comparison: I can watch a three hours Conan show anytime, but I can't listen to their albums three times in a row.
So, what's the verdict? Well, if you are into fuzzed-out groove metal, you should definitely get your hands on this. There are some heavy rocking tracks on this piece of work, including the somewhat psychedelic 'Golden Sun'. This album shows a young band, proud of their first effort but hungry to grow and evolve. I wouldn't be surprised to see these guys kill it at next year's Desertfest and come out with a stunning album in the near future. And for that, this album is a splendid appetizer...