I bought "Portent Hue" back in '90 because the store had tagged it something like "if you like Sisters of Mercy [which I did] you're going to love this album" (I know, right?). I rarely listen to Sisters nowadays, but I still love that album.
I remember reading a tiny article on them in Melody Maker, then finding a cheap cut-out copy of Pin And Web in a Cambridge record shop. Still couldn't believe how good they were. Have managed to get cd copies of both albums since. I'm dead jealous of lyle175 seeing them live. I doubt they ever came to the UK.
My dad knew Betsy's dad (they worked in the same industry), but I didn't discover them until last year shuffling through his CD collection. I'm really glad I did because I love them just based on that one CD. I wish their other material wasn't as difficult to find, though.