Indonesian born Karina Utomo is the vocalist for Melbourne metal/punk band High Tension, with Matt Weston (The Nation Blue), Lauren Hammel (Fear Like Us) and Mike Deslandes (YLVA, Coerce). Their 2014 debut album ‘Death Beat’ received an ARIA nomination and an AIR award for best heavy album. High Tension was embraced by the metal/punk scene supporting heroes The Bronx (US), High On Fire (US), King Parrot, performing at MONA’s Dark Mofo festival and at SXSW.
The band’s follow-up album ‘Bully’ received The Age Music Victoria award in 2015 for best heavy album and played Laneway Festival and Splendour in the Grass in 2016.
Utomo has guest performed on grindcore/punk/hardcore releases such as Clowns, Totally Unicorn and Stench Price (Siberia) alongside thrash/death metal legends Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth, Anthrax) and John Ingram (Bolt Thrower, Benediction). She is also a regular guest host on triple j’s metal program The Racket.