FABBRO DI CHIAVI - Intangible part I

Fabbro di Chiavi, as Marco Pellizzari, is a guitarist, composer, and aerospace engineer born on December 19, 1983, in Asolo (TV). He draws influence from international musicians like Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia, Joe Pass, Steve Morse, and Symphony X, as well as Italian artists like Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, New Trolls, and PFM.

"Intangible Part I", the new EP, pushes the boundaries of progressive metal. Inspired by Stoic philosophy, the instrumental pieces negotiate the complexity of life's uncertainties, creating a sound tapestry of strong riffs and subtle melodies. 

The EP is comprised of 3 songs for 14 minutes of music. The first track is "Embracing the Unknown Overture": a very technical (but full of melody) and atmospheric track that sets the mood for the entire EP. It reminds me of Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater in different moments, with amazing drum parts. If you like that album (my favourite of all time, by the way), check out the song. The second song is "Journey to Apatheia" starting with an acoustic guitar blending with very inspired electric guitar solos. Even on this track is clear that the music is not only about about (fantastic) technical skills but also into making a good song, enjoyable for the listener. 
"Emotion Ruler" closes the Journey of the EP, with heavier melodies than the previous one. The song "delves into the psychological complexities of a chess player intertwining mind games with resilient melodies", the band explains. I love the piano parts intricating with heavy guitars and a complex rhythm section. Another great track with a spectacular sound as well, probably my favourite on the EP.

"Intangible Part I", is a top-notch release from every point of view. The performance is absolutely perfect and the songs are a pleasure for our ears, especially if you are into prog metal. The production is also perfect, heavy when it has to be heavy and delicate for the melodic parts. Also, every instrument is clearly distinguishable from the others. Probably the best EP I've listened to, so far, in this 2024. 

Give it a go by clicking on the Spotify player below and remember to follow Fabbro di Chiavi on social media.


Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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