High Tension 'Death Beat' (album stream)

High Tension 'Death Beat' (album stream)
Australian outfit High Tension's debut album Death Beat was given an overseas release last fall, but New Damage Records is curbing a steep import charge for Canadian metal fans by issuing the set up here. While the album hits retailers next Tuesday (February 18), you can give the whole record a spin ahead of time via Exclaim.ca.

As previously reported, the band features former Young & Restless vocalist Karina Utomo, who has here opted to deliver "banshee screams" on metal-flecked anthems instead of singing on top of more dance-rock-oriented fare. The album was recorded at Melbourne's Studios in the City with Tom Larkin (King Cannons, Young & Restless, Shihad) and includes the previously teased "Mountain of Dead" and debut "High Risk High Rewards."

Also found on the set are "Blaze Up," a motorized track riding a slight "Highway Star" influence on top of its blacktop-peeling rhythms; the viciously pounded "Collingwood"; and the hard-hitting if melodic "Astral Plane."

You can sample those tracks and more down below.