Transport yourself back to an era when guitar solos reigned supreme and the pounding of drums spun tales without uttering a single word. Fabbro di Chiavi’s EP “Intangible Part I” does just that, weaving a rich sonic tapestry steeped in Stoic wisdom yet bolstered by ambition worthy of the most technical progressive metal.
The instrumental prowess on display throughout this record is nothing short of exceptional, with guitars that sing as eloquently as Marcus Aurelius’ meditations, basses that growl with the conviction of Seneca’s speeches, and drums that gallop at full tilt through the annals of rock history. Each finger-plucked note conjures images of sages navigating life’s tempests, coaxing listeners to embark on an odyssey of self-discovery through riffs befitting the most arena-shaking giants.
Seamless track transitions evoke the sensation of traversing from rough and tumble seas to eerily calm waters under the steady guidance of Stoic ideals. “Journey to Apatheia” in particular seems to channel this epic voyage, its intricate melodies enthralling the mind while conjuring forth cerebral clashings where intellect grapples with raw intuition in regal fashion.
“The Emotion Ruler” stands out for the way it provokes this battle of brains versus brawn, with strategic yet gripping musical passages that flow like masterful chess play. Closing one’s eyes during this track makes vivid the regal garb of Stoic scholars locked in mortal combat on the checkered battlefield of life.
Drawing comparisons almost cheapens the singular artistry on display, but traces of Pink Floyd’s expansive soundscapes collide here at times with Dream Theater’s fierce technical spectacle. This is thinking man’s metal infused with antique philosophies and unleashed through devastating dynamics fit for the golden age of epic rock voyaging.
Not merely music, Fabbro di Chiavi’s latest release achieves its ambitious goal to render stoicism through audible means. Monumental chords and colossal concepts distill into potent but digestible formats for both purists and newcomers alike. “Intangible Part I” chalks up as nothing short of an ephemeral reverie, its strains and cadences leaving one wondering what time-traveling magic may have woven such an engaging sonic tapestry.