Bless The Martyr is a record I enjoyed when it came out, but as time went on, I realised that there's only really a few songs I like. I'd have the first Chariot LP at about the same level. However, Long Live (the record before OW) was my favourite of theirs, and I think this may overtake it with a few spins. Feels like a more coherent album, more focused musically, basically more of what I like about them.
This is a good excuse to watch this again, Listener >>>>>
ps why do reviews complain about records being short when they're around 30 minutes, which is clearly the ideal?
I know not many people will know them, and there's so many recommendations in the original post that you'd have to be dedicated to check them all out, so I'd just like to throw some weight behind Kerouac. Their final show is the only gig this year I genuinely regret missing. I've got everything they put out and still bought the discography LP as a back up. Such an influential band on the UK scene in recent years yet so underrated. Cold & Distant, Not Loving is a fantastic record and if you like heavy music or hardcore, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not listening to it at least once.
Incidentally, i$e, Mass V is really good. I don't love it like you do yet, but that could change. Going to go back through the older records to see if I've just missed the spark with them, or if V is THAT much better.