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Monday, December 8, 2008

Sadistik - The Balancing Act [2008]

Released: May 13, 2008
Uploaded: December 8, 2008


  1. Dawn Of The Dead
  2. Playing God
  3. Searching For Some Beautiful
  4. Ashes to Ashley feat. Mac Lethal
  5. Memento Mori
  6. Clockwork Grey Interlude
  7. Absolution
  8. Murder of Crows feat. Louise Fraser
  9. Writes of Passage feat. Vast Aire
  10. Angel Eyes
  11. November
  12. The Exception To Everything
File Size: 70 MB
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  • Full Album Lyrics
  • Partial Album Artwork
  • All Tracks Are VBR [Grouprip]
Artist Info:
The groundbreaking new artist Sadistik is quickly raising eyebrows with his debut solo album “The Balancing Act.” At only 22 years old he has developed a sound that is truly unique as he seamlessly blends his signature of deeply poetic lyrics with brooding, symphonic soundscapes filled with beauteous live instrumentation.
In addition to his own innovative rhyming style, Sadistik collaborated with the likes of underground hip-hop icons Mac Lethal of Rhymesayers Entertainment and Vast Aire from the highly regarded duo of Cannibal Ox.
Sadistik can be found doing shows around his home state of Washington performing his shockingly energetic live shows. While he writes all of his own music, his biggest inspirations range the musical spectrum from Sage Francis all the way to Radiohead. And although traces of these influences can be found in Sadistik’s music, one thing is for certain: he has created a sound that is truly his own.

Underground9 Overview:
Look at the album's cover, notice the cold colors, shadows, and the sadness depicted; notice the beauty of it, levels of abstract regions opposed to reality. It perfectly symbolizes the album's tone, Sadistik's complex poetry and the dark, vivid production.
Perhaps the album's biggest weakness is it's complexity, a big jump trough Sadistik's thoughts, dark and depressing thoughts. While I enjoy listening to music in many different moments, some hypes me up, some cheers me up, but in the cold days where I'm alone and spend time reflecting I would enjoy paying attention to the deep poetry heard in this release.
But I gave in to all my fears instead
The only thing that ran more than me (were the tears you shed)
When you told me you cut inside ya flesh
Youre depressed and youd rather die instead
I could feel my heart tear to bits
(The first time Ive cried ever since my parents split)
And I knew, there was no you and I
I kissed you goodbye, it felt like suicide
- "November"
This is truly a work of art, good songs are too many to mention, my favorite is "Writes Of Passage", perhaps the lightest on the album, Cannibal Ox's Vast Aire drops a short and incredibly simple verse before Sadistik delivers his thoughtful lines.
We walked a broken path while the sun was bleak
And we were holding hands on these rusted swings
That I called "us" and my love would sink
underseas that we would drown underneath
When you would swim deep to catch my lip's speech
To try to catch drifts to catch what it means
And you found what would grow between us
So I thought about you while I wrote The Phoenix
And now my spine shivers from the notes that you speak
of perfect pitched melodies and emotions you seek
- "Ashes To Ashley"
I understand how this album can be overlooked due to it's meaningful lyrics, the production captured me enough to make me pay attention, sometimes that's all it takes to recognize a true jewel and I hope you all will, for now I'll keep it among my top three for this somehow unsatisfying year.

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Anonymous said...

Glad to know this blog is back on track

Anonymous said...

yup, finally my life does make sense again.

Anonymous said...

OMG This album is sicccckkkkkkk!!!!

Mike. said...

Amazing album. I'm still going through it right now, but Absolution is one of the best songs I've heard all year.

MWDP said...

This is beautiful.

Anonymous said...


James said...

Amazing album for an amazing come back !

Welcome home ;)

You missed us !

PZA said...




Sapphic Owl said...

His track "Sadistik" is what hooked me.

NAte said...

I did not listen to english-speaking rap till i saw your blog. I downloaded Sadistik year ago... and now i returned to your blog to get some interesting again. Sadistik is very melodical and incredibly melancholic rap.

fufu_the_epic said...

sadistik is sick... the best shit ive ever heard! it pisses me off when a group this EPIC is soo underground! keep shining sadistik! your shit is amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Just bought this album a few nights back. I wanna know the name of the artist and if possible the name of the painting used for the album cover. Can anyone help me?

Anonymous said...

his album called "The Art of Dying" is SOOOO epic...you should post about it. it's a collaboration of Sadistik and A Kid Called Computer