Released: June 26th, 2020
2. Breaking Point
4. On My Own
5. Hell In Me
6. The Poison
7. End of Days
8. Remember When
9. Child of Sacrifice
10. Signal Fire
11. Into the Black
12. Through the Flames
Released: October 4th, 2019
1. Bus Stop
2. Don't Let Go
3. The World I Know
5. California Love
Released: April 5th, 2019
1. The Pull of the Tide
3. Save Me
7. Fire Inside
8. Shelter Me
9. Lost and Found
11. The End of the Light
Founded by John Rackowski with instrumental recordings dating all the way back to 2003, it was ten years later in 2013 when the first EP titled "(d)anger" was officially released. At seven songs, "(d)anger" was an introduction to the wide range of elements rock / hard rock elements to be explored in the coming years. Later that same year, the full-length follow up titled "Love and War" was released. In 2016, "Infliction" was released and marked the end of the instrument/solo era for Litost.
In September of 2018, writing and recording of a fourth release began. With 1700 miles separating them, John partnered up with vocalist Matt Smith through the luck of an answered Craigslist ad, and the duo went on to release "Colony" on April 5th, 2019. John & Matt recorded the entire album before the two ever met in person.
In the Spring of 2019, John was relocated from Las Vegas back to Wisconsin and Matt had become the voice of Litost.
On October 4th, 2019, Litost released their covers EP titled "Projections" which puts their alternative metal stamp on songs that influenced them as the musicians they are today.
On April 26th, 2020, Matt Smith and Litost parted ways as John continues to carry the Litost name onward.
"Reflections" - the full-length concept album diving into the world of battling addiction - was released on June 26th, 2020.
John Rackowski writes, records & produces every aspect of Litost's music & artwork from his home studio in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
John Rackowski of Litost
Song: End of Days
"A sound and an artistic vision that knows no limits. This is the challenge that Litost have already won, artfully building 5 cover songs that bear their indelible mark.
A vibrant and genuine duo formed by John Rackowski and Matt Smith, Litost exhibit pure, unfiltered, visceral and coherent music.
The arrangements, constructed in an intelligent and original way, evolve and develop in unexpected ways.
The voices, treated with care, offer particular dynamics and timbres, always well calibrated to the delivery required by the pieces, but without overdoing it.
With their album “Projections“, Litost demonstrate all their ability to manipulate sound with their bare hands, shape it in their image, and shoot it straight to our chest. To make us vibrate, blow after blow. To excite us, song after song."
- Nova Music Blog
October 18, 2019
"An ancient, timeless sound defines the whole of Litost’s tremendous hard rock fury of “Projections”. Their name alone offers a rare bit of insight, as it roughly translates from Czech to mean a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery. With a sound highly reminiscent of Alice in Chains, a great deal of torment flows through these hard-edged pieces. Deserving to be absolutely blasted they serve as sheer forces of nature. Every piece plays off the last and they come together into a coherent satisfying whole.
Though heavily grounded in a hard rock made famous by groups like the Deftones, there is something underlying these works that gives them a mysterious allure. Perhaps it is the slight nods that hint at a deep understanding of hard rock’s classic rock roots, or perhaps it is the multifaceted approach that takes hold over the course of the entire thing, but there is something more beneath the surface. Elements of metal also add a particular punch to their already potent delivery, serving as a necessary punctuation to their intense all-consuming sound. Attention to detail means that these riffs truly soar in a gorgeous, sprawling way. Vocals receive further support by their ability to know exactly when to push the sound deep into the majestic, for the sweeping approach results in truly gorgeous moments. Even as covers they add so much to the originals as to make them something entirety their own.
'Projections' holds nothing back, proving Litost to be true masters of their craft, sculpting a sound that feels uniquely their own."
- Entropy Magazine
October 14, 2019
"...The style of the music is really interesting and crosses many boundaries. I would call Litost radio friendly rock/metal and Colony is very listenable. Matt has a little bit of an M. Shadows thing going on, but definitely has his own style. The guitars and riffs are well thought out and well executed..."
- Adrenaline Armory
June 26, 2019
John Rackowski of Litost featured as the guest on WI Music Buzz
Season 3, Episode 1 - 06/23/20