Forgotten Songs of the 21st Century: Apex Theory
This is going to be a bit different than previous posts because for one thing, I’ll be writing more about the music than the lyrics here. You will find out why shortly enough. The band was Apex Theory, the year, 2002, the song “Shh… (hope diggy).”
The band came out in the wake of bands like Linkin Park and System of A Down and like SOAD, the band was Armenian and their frontman was once System’s drummer. Being produced by Linkin Park’s producer certainly didn’t hurt and the band enjoyed some brief radio success with this out of the world song. First off, the music is extraordinary, particularly the drumming which seems to almost be superhuman during the verses and normal during the choruses. The guitar bounces off everything else and does whatever it wants.
What really makes the song stand out, however are the lyrics, courtesy of short-lived frontman Andy Khachaturian who changed his name to Ontronik. Sample some of these lyrics and try to figure out what the hell he was smoking: “A thousand rambles in a second tiny tip is tired and will not tolerate toilet tokens until he is topsy-turvy, so stop the torment, you traitors!” Profound and deep, huh? And then there’s this treasure: “Local lopsided judges lure lunacy over loony loud lumpy loopholes with lingo that’s loathsome and shady shameless shamsters.” But yet for some reason, the weird-ass lyrics work well with the music and brings the song to the forefront of weirdness. Unfortunately, any long-lasting success they could’ve had was derailed when they fired Khachaturianfor being a preaching asshole on stage. The musical trio came back in about ’08 with a new name and a new album but if you’re looking for nu-metal that makes you want to reach for the thesaurus, The Apex Theory is perfect for you.