Martin Eric Ain

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Martin Eric Ain
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Background information
Birth name Martin Erich Stricker
Born (1967-07-18)July 18, 1967
United States
Origin Switzerland
Died October 21, 2017(2017-10-21) (aged 50)
Genres Extreme metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals
Years active 1984-2017
Associated acts Hellhammer, Celtic Frost

Martin Eric Ain (born Martin Erich Stricker, July 18, 1967[1] – October 21, 2017) was best known for being the former bassist of the influential extreme metal band Celtic Frost. He used the stage name Martin Eric Ain throughout his career in Celtic Frost. He died on October 21, 2017 following a heart attack.[2] He was born in the United States and spoke English as a first language.[3]


After amassing a small fortune in the 1980s from Celtic Frost's success, he became an entrepreneur. He owned a successful DVD shop and bar in Zurich called Acapulco.

Ain was a co-owner of the music club Mascotte, which has become well known for hosting upcoming international bands. Since 2004, he had become the host of the "Karaoke from Hell" show, taking place every Tuesday night at the Mascotte Club.

Ain sang the lead vocals for the song "A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh" on Celtic Frost's final album, Monotheist. He played a left-handed Warwick bass.

2012 the project "Graber - Lieder zum Schluss" was released, a project he worked on with long time friend Jan Graber.

2017 he collaborated with Swiss composer Balz Trümpy and Samuel Trümpy on "Der Dorn" which was released 2018. "Der Dorn" was released on a 7-inch vinyl, limited to 222 units.


  1. ^ Martin Stricker was born in the United States. English was his first language: "I knew my strengths, I had been born in America and that English was my first language" -from Only Death Is Real, page 138
  2. ^ Celtic Frost bassist Martin Eric Ain dies at 50
  3. ^ Only Death Is Real, page 138

External links

  • Interview with Martin Eric Ain, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, 2006-10-19
  • "Metal Israel Exclusive Kinda Interview with Martin Eric Ain"

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