Ahead of the launch of their new album Purge, out June 15 on Cooking Vinyl Australia, Melbourne’s High Tension have unveiled a video for their brutal new track Rise.

PRE ORDER PURGE HERE

The song marks the first time that guitarist and songwriter Mike Deslandes has performed vocals on a High Tension track, his hook on Rise adds a beautiful balance to Karina’s barbarous growl creating a sound for the band that has never been heard before.

High Tension will kick off their album tour in Hobart on June 15 with a performance at Dark Mofo’s Night Mass, the four-piece will then play headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. High Tension will also play at Adelaide festival A Day Of Clarity.

WATCH RISE HERE:

The band’s third album is a fierce piece of work, filled with the sound of frustration, fear, disgust, horror, hatred and – yes – rage, spewed up and molded into the Melbourne quartet’s most extreme statement yet.

While tradition would suggest heavy acts only lose their intensity with each record, the opposite is true of High Tension. “This was always the direction we were heading into.” Says vocalist Karina Utomo.

After forming in Melbourne in 2012, High Tension’s debut album, the following year’s Death Beat, was nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album, while its follow-up, 2015’s Bully, received widespread critical acclaim and saw the group hit the road in support of acts such as Refused.

The High Tension of 2018, however, is a different beast to the one that released those records, thanks to the presence of Mike Deslandes and drummer Lauren Hammel, who both joined after the release of Bully in 2015. (Co-founding bassist Matt Weston completes the line-up). In that regard, Utomo views Purge as a resetting of the High Tension blueprint.

“It was inevitable that we were going to produce a record unlike our previous work; with Lauren and Mike joining the band, our natural response was to reshape our sound.”
PURGE TOUR DATES

15 JUNE – DARK MOFO, TASMANIA   
22 JUNE – AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH
23  JUNE – DAY OF CLARITY, ADELAIDE
29 JUNE – LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY
30 JUNE – CROWBAR, BRISBANE
7 JULY –  THE TOTE, MELBOURNE  

Tickets for the Purge Tour are on sale now at hightension.com.au