HIGH TENSION - DEATH BEAT

HIGH TENSION - DEATH BEAT

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In early 2013 - almost out of nowhere - a music video landed on the internet and furiously peddled its way around social media, with the speed of a Lolcats meme circa 2010. Ì_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì_ÌÇÌ_•À_Ì_ÌÇÌ_̤High Risk, High RewardsÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩ was an unexpected uppercut straight outta leftfield. The riffage was demonic, demanding and frankly, hooky as shit. The vocals? Gloriously guttural, Ì_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì_Ìǒ�ՕÀ_like a circular saw made out of inverted crossesÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__å´ÌÜ_ (Hysteria Magazine). Ì_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì_ÌÇÌ_•À_Ì_ÌÇÌ_̤Beautifully brutalÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩ Inpress Magazine agreed.

Rising from the ashes of treasured disco-punks Young & Restless, Karina Utomo (Vocals) and Ash Pegram (Guitar) recruited the bottom section of Melbourne dark rock stalwarts The Nation Blue (via bassist Matt Weston) and Love Like ElectrocutionÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩s Damian Coward, and made some beautiful noise together.

A series of interstate live forays with Karnivool and Lo! proved what their pedigree had already implied: High Tension had live chops. KarinaÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩s imposing presence and banshee scream, anchored by the slicing riffage of Ash PegramÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩s guitar and the throbbing rhythm section is truly something to behold. They invoke the same frenzied response generated by heroes like Hot Snakes, The Bronx and Kvelertak.

The mid-year departure of drummer Damian Coward saw the taut talent of WestonÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩s Nation Blue compatriot Dan McKay recruited, thus solidifying the High Tension line-up and preparing them to enter the studio. Recorded in the depths of winter at MelbourneÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩s Studios in the City with Tom Larkin (King Cannons, Young & Restless, Shihad), High TensionÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩s debut album Ì_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì_ÌÇÌ_•À_Ì_ÌÇÌ_̤Death BeatÌ_Ì_́‰ÛÓ̤Ì__�Õ̩ is brash, brutal and a little bit sexy.

1. Blaze Up
2. Positive
3. Collingwood
4. High Risk High Rewards
5. Astral Plane
6. Without U.S.
7. Mountain of Dead
8. Primitives
9. Your Mates
10. Death Beat
11. Are You Safe