12 Songs, 46 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings
32 Ratings
Alex Dionisio

Sadistik sacrifices the devil on 'Altars'

Seattle bred emcee of the night Sadistik returns with another semi-concept album of dark clever metaphors, powerful puns and just fine advanced wordplay of high quality in Altars, his fourth full-length overall. The theme of the LP seems to be examination and critique of religious idol-worship, followings and cult tendencies plus the pitfalls of societal subjugation and conformity of course, staples for Sadistik. Of his analogies are the “Roaches” and “Honeycomb” cuts comparing our existence to that of insects, the “Free Spirits” warning of the no-cost liquors and poisons dispensed to those off guard uninhibited soul-searchers, and tracks “Cotard’s Syndrome” and “Salem Witches” exposing the demons around us, specters like ghosts and surely witches not to mention those they wrongfully target, hence the name of the latter record. Humbly introduced in the second half come guests Kristoff Krane, P.O.S from Doomtree, Terra Lopez and Lige Newton. The straightforward, overcast drama of the production leaves a bit more to be desired on the beats, and Altars is just a little too gloomy, helpless and hopeless sounding in general but overall it’s another very substantial effort (especially on the vocal end) from Sadistik.



Just found out about Sadistik recently and I am blown away by this album!


Give this album a buy if you need to hear art.

This artist, this album in particular, they're both amazing. I've followed Sadistik for years and he's never failed to impress. This man bleeds art, and it shows in this album.

About Sadistik

An alternative rap artist based in Seattle, Washington, Sadistik -- born Cody Foster in Yakima -- takes pride in his deep, cerebral, and complicated rhyming style. A graduate of Central Washington University, he released his first album, The Balancing Act, in 2008, with guest appearances from Vast Aire and Mac Lethal. Ceschi and David Ramos signed the rapper to their Fake Four label, where a follow-up, Flowers for My Father, was released in 2013. Sadistik quickly returned with another Fake Four album, Ultraviolet, the next year. Boosted by appearances from Sticky Fingaz and Tech N9ne, as well as a posthumous verse from Eyedea on the track "Chemical Burns," the album reached Billboard's Heatseekers chart shortly after its street date. ~ Andy Kellman

Yakima, WA
April 20, 1986