Indonesian-born Karina Utomo is an extreme-metal vocalist for Australian band High Tension; with members Matt Weston (The Nation Blue), Lauren Hammel (Tropical F* Storm) Mike Deslandes (YLVA). Utomo’s vocal performance also extends to experimental/noise. Karina was one of four soloists in the opera Speechless by award-winning composer Cat Hope, the opera premiered at Perth Festival 2019 to wide critical praise.
Karina has collaborated extensively with International and Australian artists across a myriad genres from industrial, avant-garde improvisation to grindcore.
High Tension’s critically acclaimed releases have been nominated for ARIA and AIR awards for ‘Best Heavy Album’ and received The Age Music Victoria award. The band has performed at Download Festival, Dark Mofo Festival, Splendour In The Grass and Laneway Festivals in Australia and has toured in support of iconic acts such as Refused (Sweden), Sick Of It All (USA) and The Bronx (USA). Karina is a regular fill-in host for Triple J’s specialist heavy music programme The Racket.