Mary and the Black Lamb – “As the City Sleeps” (2009)


Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

On their debut album “As the City Sleeps”, Canada’s Mary and the Black Lamb showcase their energetic, darkly romantic gothic hard rock/metal. Throughout the course of the 10-song, 33-minute CD, Mary and the Black Lamb take us through a multitude of emotions set to the soundtrack of razor sharp guitar riffs and instantly catchy and memorable songs. ead vocalist Lindz Riot, leads the charge with a vocal style that alternates between fiercely aggressive and sweet. The opening track “She Is” is a great melodic opening number that sets the tone. “Stay Away” and “Departed” continue on in a similar direction before the band slows down a bit with the great ballad “Gone”. This is a song that I could definitely see getting some radio airplay. The band switch things up again with the awesome, “Emily”. Lindz really stretches her vocals out on this one. Hands down, “Emily” is my favorite track on “As the City Sleeps”. The songs on “As the City Sleeps” really have the potential to reach a wide array of fans. Other highlights include: “The Price”, “Forget You Now” and “Silence”. I have to admit that Mary and the Black Lamb are a bit different than what I normally might listen to, but I found myself falling in love with “As the City Sleeps”.     

Rating – 90/100



  1. She Is
  2. Stay Away
  3. Departed
  4. Gone
  5. Emily
  6. The Price
  7. Not the Girl
  8. Forget You Now
  9. Stranger
  10. Silence 


Line Up

  • Lindz Riot – Vocals
  • Nixon Cutz – Guitar & Vocals
  • Murray Dangle – Guitars, Keyboards
  • Robert Laidlaw – Bass
  • Aaron Spink – Drums 



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