Martin Eric Ain

Martin Eric Ain (born Martin Erich Stricker; July 18, 1967[1] – 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
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Background information
Birth nameMartin Erich Stricker
Born(1967-07-18)July 18, 1967
United States
DiedOctober 21, 2017(2017-10-21) (aged 50)
GenresExtreme metal, doom metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, vocals
Years active1984–2017

He was born in the United States and spoke English as a first language.[2]


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.

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.

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.

Ain died on October 21, 2017, following a heart attack.[3]


  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 (2010), page 138
  2. ^ Only Death Is Real (2010), page 138
  3. ^ "Celtic Frost bassist Martin Eric Ain dies at 50"
Other sources
  • Fischer, Tom Gabriel; Ain, Martin Eric (2010). Only Death Is Real: An Illustrated History of Hellhammer and Early Celtic Frost 1981–85. Brooklyn, New York: Bazillion Points. ISBN 978-0-9796163-9-6.

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