Evolving into a trio in March of 2004 with Art Karamian taking on vocals and guitar, Sammy J. Watson on drums, and David Hakopyan on bass, the apex theory harnessed their unique chemistry into their first self-released EP as a three-piece, inthatskyissomethingwatching.
Blending the spirit of rock, the dynamic nature of drum n’ bass, jazz & world music, along with the spontaneity of experimental noise, the apex theory have always distinguished themselves with their musical integrity and artistic perspectives. Credited for taking the rock genre in bold new directions, the group’s 2002 DreamWorks release, Topsy-Turvy, was hailed by The New York Times as “an astonishing hard rock debut with brutish riffs, propulsive poly-rhythms, graceful melodies”, while Rolling Stone magazine described it as "whirling, exotic… further expanding metal's rhythmic palette".
2004’s inthatskyissomethingwatching EP --- showcased the revamped and revitalized band in peak form, catching the attention of national & local press, some of whom considered the songs to be among the group’s best ever. Modern Drummer magazine noted in a review: “The combination of solid musical interplay, the fusion of emo, grunge, and punk, and the set’s sheer ferocity makes this exceptional brand of progressive metal rhythmically explosive.” As a testament to the band’s live show, Meanstreet magazine stated “The Apex Theory’s muscular, working class alt-metal is one of L.A.’s best live tickets”, while Los Angeles City Beat raved, “the band inhaled the embalming fluid out of the crowd and spat blood back in” performing the “simple miracle of unhinging its audience.”
TOYS.of.the.MASSES, the bands current label, released The LIGHTPOST EP through digital distribution deal with INgrooves. The LIGHTPOST EP, a one track, 15-minute musical journey, features Legend Musician and Master of the Duduk, Djivan Gasparian… LIGHTPOST finds the band experimenting with more intricate rhythms and spacious melodies, while never losing any of their trademark intensity.
Currently they are putting the finishing touches on the full-length, “FACES” due out Early 2008… Acclaimed Producer, Engineer, and Mixer, Sylvia Massy (Johnny Cash, Tool, RHCP), has come on board to help with the last stages as they do all the Mixing at RadioStar Studios in Mt. Shasta, Ca.
With a constant push towards the next step, the apex theory continue to breathe new life into themselves by resonating a distinct mixture of heartfelt energy and sound...