Andrew Eldritch may seem cruel when totally rejecting any form of connection between his legendary band and a, in his view, parodical gothic scene. But frankly, as an averse symbol and godfather of today's perhaps most static genre, who can blame him? Well, I would certainly be pissed off in a similar situation.
Among the many stillborn babies that the unfortunate Eldritch been the cause of, German Love Like Blood must be one of the more professional features. They've been in the business for more than twelve years, they seem to be fairly tight and thus have had enough time to fine-tune the most important clichés within the gothic tradition.
Their current album "Enslaved + Condemned" have, to a larger extent, been influenced by the metal scene. With an experienced producer like Simon Efemey (who previously have produced acts like Paradise Lost, Pantera and Helmet) as a helping hand, this becomes most evident. But of course never exciting. The usual Sisters' acoustics, some Manson rip-offs and a horrible cover of Youssou N'Dour's and Neneh Cherry's "7 Seconds" sums it up pretty well.
Though based on acceptable craftsmanship, "Enslaved + Condemned" contain so much balderdash and stiff-legged attitude that it becomes something of the opposite of innovative.