Formed in 2008, Tension Rising is a four-piece hard rock band, based in New York City. Frontman and Rhythm Guitarist Chris Garrigan connected with Lead Guitarist Nicky Van Page through a mutual friend, who was the Bassist for the band up until 2015. Nicky commissioned a drummer that he had known from high school, and so the first iteration of the group was born. With the arrival of current Bassist Alex Repetti in 2015, the band felt ready to enter the next phase in its musical endeavor.
To seek out a finite way to classify Tension Rising, in today’s smorgasbord of genres, would be a disservice to those very same influences which have played such a prominent role in what the band has formulated since day one. A true work of art rarely leaves its audience with a clear answer. Drawing from a rather wide array of influences, Tension Rising keeps its sights set on one thing – to rock. To emote the primal euphoria one feels when listening to music. And they do that, with no apologies. From modern djent and progressive metal, to classic rock and alternative, there are no limits when it comes to the band’s inspiration. Among their most prominently cited influences is a who’s who of legendary rock acts – Dream Theater, Metallica, Pantera, Alter Bridge, and Led Zeppelin are the first that come to mind.
The band put out their critically acclaimed album, PENUMBRA, on September 7, 2020.
As of September 2020, Tension Rising is currently seeking a new drummer.