Cool list so far, man. There's actually 2 or 3 bands I've never checked out. Really looking forward to checking out the Mother of Mercy album, the way you describe them, it seems like they're pretty solid.
I like your Take Offense choice. I had never heard them before I heard them open for TUI. Honestly, they were the only band I really dug out of the 4-5 that were there opening. They definately have some great metal riffs. They remind me of Terror, which of course is a good thing
Pretty sure I know your #1, and I agree