If someone asks you if you’ve seen High Tension, chances are they’re not talking about the brutal horror movie from 2003, but more so the brutal, heavy band from Melbourne featuring frontwoman Karina Utomo who we have been huuuge supporters of since first coming across the band back in 2015 at the annual Big Sound conference. Since then, the band has gone on to support for Cancer Bats, they’ve played at Splendour in the Grass and even opened the main stage at Australia’s first ever Download Festival, so it’s safe to say the future of heavy music in Australia is on good hands with this foursome.
Podcast host Browny spoke with the singer ahead of the release of the band’s new album Purge (out Friday) to find out more about the inspiration behind the record, which was conceived after conversations with locals who were unfortunately involved or experienced the Anti-Communist Purges of Indonesia back in the 1960’s. Karina explains the struggles she faced when researching the stories, which in turn, became songs on the record and what she hopes fans of the band will take from her story re-telling through the band’s music.
There’s also plenty of heavy music to get you through the week including new stuff from Alpha Wolf, Chelsea Grin, Dimmu Borgir, Bleeding Through, Gravemind, Antagonist A.D. and DevilDriver, throwbacks from Aversions Crown, Emmure, Falcifer, Arch Enemy, Earth Rot and heaps more