My introduction to crust happened shortly after I started drawing frogs. I was tripping really hard on acid with my best friend who had to go on a mission the next day to a record store to buy an original pressing of 'Arise!'. I had never heard of Amebix before so my mate played them for me saying they're the perfect mix of punk and Black Sabbath. As soon as Axeman started playing I was immediately terrified haha. I still remember all the psychedelic ghosts moving around the room as Largactyl played, the chorus of 'relax, it's only paranoia' making me both laugh and feel comfortable with the visual and introspective insanity going on around me. While I didn't hate Amebix, I thought the music wasn't for me, too scary and poorly recorded haha.
I listened to Amebix every once and awhile over the years, it was about 3 years later that I really got into the band. I found I really enjoyed drawing to the sound of Amebix, and I felt empowered by the music. At that time I wasn't involved in the punk scene, I had a few close friends who were punks and would introduce me to bands, but I wouldn't say I was a punk. I had lost contact with my best friend for about a year or two (we didn't have a falling out or anything, he just disappeared for a while) and I wanted to discover more crust music so I looked around on the internet and found Axegrinder and Anti-Sect. I really got into Axegrinder, then I remembered my best friend always wore an Effigy shirt and the logo looked like Axegrinders, so I started listening to Effigy. Then I saw the S.D.S. logo looked like Anti-sect's so that's how I started listening to that band.
Eventually my best friend returned into my life and I asked him if he liked bands like S.D.S. and Anti-sect. He was shocked that I knew of and liked those bands. So he started introducing me to more bands. He introduced me to Bolt Thrower, Inepsy, G.I.S.M., Framtid etc. We're still best friends to this day, it has been around 18 years of friendship, he currently runs Fuzzed Atrocities Records, check em out!