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Martin Eric Ain (born Martin Erich Stricker; July 18, 1967 – October 21, 2017) was a musician best known as the bassist of the influential extreme metal band Celtic Frost. He used the stage name Martin Eric Ain throughout.
Martin Eric Ain
|Birth name||Martin Erich Stricker|
|Born||July 18, 1967|
|Died||October 21, 2017 (aged 50)|
|Genres||Extreme metal, doom metal|
|Instrument(s)||Bass guitar, vocals|
He was born in the United States and spoke English as a first language.
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 Zürich 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.
In 2012, the project "Graber – Lieder zum Schluss" was released, a project he worked on with long time friend Jan Graber.
In 2015, Ain started a band along with fellow musicians and artists from the Zürich scene – Thomas Ott (a Swiss scratchboard artist), Markus Edelmann (ex-Coroner), Stefano Mauriello and Alain Kupper. The songs written and recorded by the group were released after Ain's death under the band name Tar Pond, in 2019. The album is entitled Protocol of Constant Sadness and contains four songs.The band Tar Pond continues with Monika Schori taking over bass duties after Ain's death.
In 2017, Ain 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.
- 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 (2010), page 138
- Only Death Is Real (2010), page 138
- "Celtic Frost bassist Martin Eric Ain dies at 50"
- Other sources
- Interview with Martin Eric Ain, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, October 19, 2006
- "Metal Israel Exclusive Kinda Interview with Martin Eric Ain"