Album: Vaaya And The Sea
Label: Self released
Review: Diego Camargo
Thoughts: The National Orchestra Of The United Kingdom Of Goats, or, to make things easier for us, UKOG, is an Italian band formed around 2010 and Vaaya And The Sea (2012) is their first full length album. Released in December, after 2 EPs that came into being a year before, Vaaya And The Sea (2012) is available as CD and free download on the band’s website.
The band is a world of its own where all their albums tell a story. And this story takes place in a fictional place called Kolepta.
Not just that, the members of the band are also part of the story and they only perform under their uniforms and paintings.
They’re known as ‘The Insane’, ‘The Coachman’, ‘The Admiral’ and ‘The Seer’.
When it comes to the music that UKOG plays, it can be categorized as New Prog with influences that passe through Porcupine Tree, Muse, Radiohead and even 30 Seconds To Mars.
Vaaya And The Sea (2012) is astonishingly well produced and recorded by the band itself, which is quite hard to have in an unknown band this days.
The journey begins with ‘The Unyielding Summons’ where we can clearly see the powerful music the band plays.
Second track ‘Chains’ is full of ambience and sounds but also full of melody.
The pop side of the band speaks louder on ‘The White City’ and attached to it we have the sinister ‘A Memorial To The Descent’ that is absolutely experimental, full of noises and electronic bits.
The next two tracks form the mini suite ‘Black Citadel’. Part 1 is called ‘Sanctuary’ and shows us a perfect mix of heavy guitars and modern electronic rock.
UKOG continues the suite with the ‘Empire’ and its dark, grim vocals. To back those vocals nothing is better than a chaotic/electronic song with some amazing drum parts.
The title-track comes as a slower song to combine with the vision of the ocean that the song suggests. Clean vocals in a dreamy melody are perfectly completed by some brilliant guitar work towards the middle of the track. A 10 minutes piece that’ll probably catch you by your ankles.
To close Vaaya And The Sea (2012) we have ‘Evening Choir’ and its weird but catchy melody under the sound of rain. This could be the most amazing way to back a song… the rain… calm, peaceful and brilliant!
It’s not that easy to spot The National Orchestra Of The United Kingdom Of Goats as a Progressive Rock band, but at the same time it would be ridiculous to put them aside. They have far too many Progressive elements in their music.
Vaaya And The Sea (2012) is an album for the lovers of the new era of Progressive Rock and for the ones that love good and catchy melodies.
That’s exactly why you should listen to this guys!
By the way, as a side note, every band/manager should learn with UKOG how to present themselves to be reviewed by anyone. Check it HERE.
The band was included in our Podcast #25 and you can listen the track 'Evening Choir' HERE.