By Will Hermes
Updated May 10, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Yes, they’re another Armenian-American heavy-rock band from L.A. with a taste for jump-cut rhythms, Adriatic melodies, and socially conscious lyrics. But where kin System of a Down magnify these idiosyncrasies into Grand Guignol art metal, Apex toss them into the Cuisinart with a cupboardful of familiar hard-rock postures. Despite cool techno-breakbeat touches and the wiggy single ”Shhh…(Hope Diggy),” the result is a semi-engaging sub-System that never quite clicks. Hope diggy for next time. C+