High Tension (band)

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High Tension
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresExtreme Metal, Hard rock, punk rock, heavy metal, stoner metal, sludge metal
Years active2012-present
LabelsCooking Vinyl
Associated actsYoung and Restless, The Nation Blue, King Parrot, YLVA, Love Like... Electrocution, Fear Like Us, Tropical Fuck Storm
MembersKarina Utomo
Matt Weston
Mike Deslandes
Lauren Hammel
Past membersAsh Pegram
Dan McKay
Damian Coward

High Tension is an extreme metal band from Melbourne, Victoria. Formed in 2012,[1] the band's original line-up featured Karina Utomo and Ash Pegram from Young and Restless with Matt Weston from The Nation Blue[2] and Damian Coward from Love Like...Electrocution. Only Utomo and Weston remain from the original line-up; with the current formation of the band featuring guitarist Mike Deslandes, also of YLVA, and drummer Lauren Hammel.

Their debut album, Death Beat, was released on October 2013[3] and was nominated for best hard rock / heavy metal album at the 2014 ARIA Awards.[4]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Karina Utomo - vocals (2012–present)
  • Matt Weston - bass (2012–present)
  • Mike Deslandes - guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)
  • Lauren Hammel - drums (2015–present)[5]

Former members[edit]

  • Ash Pegram - guitar (2012-2015)
  • Dan McKay - drums (2013-2014)
  • Damian Coward - drums (2012-2013, 2014-2015)

Former touring members[edit]

  • Allan Stacey - bass (2018)



  • Death Beat[6] (Cooking Vinyl) (2013)
  • Bully[7] (Cooking Vinyl) (2015)
  • Purge[8] (Cooking Vinyl) (2018)


  • High Tension (2012)


  1. ^ Emery, Patrick (23 May 2014), "Hardcore high-fives", The Age
  2. ^ Hennessy, Kate (29 November 2013), "CD reviews", The Age
  3. ^ "She's not heavy, she's our singer", MX (Australia), 24 October 2013
  4. ^ "2014 ARIA Award nominations dominated by newcomers Chet Faker, 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea and Sheppard", news.com.au, 7 October 2014
  5. ^ "High Tension Welcomes New Drummer: "She's A Bloody Shredder!"", TheMusic.com.au, 12 November 2015
  6. ^ Whitfield, Rod, "High Tension : Death Beat", Beat Magazine
  7. ^ Whitfield, Rod, "High Tension : Death Beat", Beat Magazine
  8. ^ Gallagher, Allison, "High Tension's Karina Utomo talks cathartic new album Purge", Tone Deaf

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