“This Denver-based hard rocking force-of-nature has captured a tight sound which is both crisp and compressed. The guitar is streamlined and yet razor-sharp, as the beat is deep in the mix and the vocals and other studio trickery fill in the gaps. The experience of listening to solid hard rock presented in this way proves refreshing as the vocals don’t provide obvious...”
“First, the production on this album is top-notch. I was immediately struck by the high quality of the recording. The opening track "Rising Tides" is a minor chord, piano based instrumental which sets a somber tone to the cd. Then, BANG, right into the powerful "213". The sound is modern, along the lines of, say, a Five Finger Death Punch. The music is aggressive. The band is super tight. I love the guitar sound. I particularly enjoyed the song "The Otherside".”
“Where Red Tide Rising will be successful is if people dig on Matthew Whiteman’s vocals. He’s a singer, when a lot of other bands might do a little bit more screaming in his shoes. He’s almost got too good of a voice for rock music, but at the same time that’s what makes this band original. I absolutely love the guitar riffs, but it took me awhile to get into Whiteman’s vocals, but after a few listens I’m starting to realize that is where the band stands a part from all the other rock bands out there.”
"The breakdowns are raw; the feel is dark, and the energy is explosive. With the release of their debut album, The Rising, mile high rockers Red Tide Rising demand war, and they are ready to attack. The album simply does not stop."
“The album is full of bad-ass riffs and solos that will make any guitar player jealous, melodic and heavy vocals that will be stuck in your head for weeks, topped off with such a groovy and tight bass and drum section that it would be impossible to not want to get up and move around to it.”
“The song’s weighty lyrics dovetail smoothly with Matthew Whiteman’s deep voice. At 16, he’s often compared to Godsmack’s Sully Erna, and Metallica’s James Hetfield. The voice is in such stark contrast to his age.....”