Indonesian born Karina Utomo is the vocalist for Melbourne metal/punk band High Tension. Their 2014 debut album ‘Death Beat’ received an ARIA nomination for best heavy album, and an AIR award nomination in the same category. They were embraced by the scene, supporting personal heroes such as The Bronx, High On Fire, King Parrot and went on to perform at Dark Mofo festival, in addition to showcase shows across America for SXSW.
Their 2015 album ‘Bully’ received The Age Music Victoria award for best heavy album. High Tension were also part of Laneway Festival’s national tour, Splendour In The Grass Festival in 2016 and supported punk/hardcore pioneers Refused and Sick Of It All for a national tour in 2017.
Utomo has been a guest performer on multiple grindcore/punk/hardcore releases such as Clowns, Totally Unicorn and Stench Price and is a regular fill-in/guest host on Triple J’s metal program, The Racket.