A trailer for the album was released 22 January 2012 featuring "I Fink U Freeky". The group also appears in both a video and print ads for Alexander Wang fashion line "T" for Spring 2012. The ad features the song "Fatty Boom Boom". The group also had a performance spot on the American television show Late Show with David Letterman, in which they performed "I Fink U Freeky."  They performed the same song on another US late night TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live!,
"Fok Julle Naaiers" (English: "Fuck You Fuckers") was released as a music video on Vimeo on 7 November 2011. "I Fink U Freeky" ("I Think You're Freaky") was also released as a music video on 31 January 2012. On 5 June 2012 a video for "Baby's on Fire" was released. On 16 October 2012 a video for "Fatty Boom Boom" was released. It lampoons Lady Gaga in response to her offer to have Die Antwoord be the opening act on her tour.
The album has a score of 57 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating mixed or average reviews.Pitchfork's Andrew Ryce called it "id rap at its worst" and that "even their excess lacks scope or imagination" concluding with "For a band so obsessed with its own self-consciously humorous image, Ten$ion in part fails because it feels so strangely humorless" and that they "picked the most unfortunate parts of their oversized, manufactured personalities to highlight". Monica Herrera of Rolling Stone cited the album as "a marathon of overwrought beats and clunky horn-dog-rebel boasts" going on to say Jimmy Iovine who signed the band to Interscope was "on to sounder investments these days." Joshua Khan of Blare stated the album had "more confidence" than $O$ but it was "forced, coming off senseless and providing some sort of proof their fire might finally be cooling off."
Allison Stewart of The Washington Post noted the album's "simplest songs" were "hopelessly complex" while saying the album was "better than it needs to be, but not as good as it thinks it is" but that the album is "peppered with great moments".