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Martin Eric Stricker


1983-1984 Hellhammer - bass, backing vocals  
1984-1993 Celtic Frost - bass (as Martin Eric Ain)  
2003-2008 Celtic Frost - bass (as Martin Eric Ain)  
2015-2017 Tar Pond - bass (as Martin Eric Ain)  

Guest musician

1995 Sadness - backing vocals  

Personal information

Also known as: Martin Eric Ain
Born on: 18.07.1967
Died on: 21.10.2017

Martin Eric Ain (real name Martin Stricker, born July 18, 1967) was best known for being the former left-handed bassist of the now defunct Swiss extreme metal band Celtic Frost. According to a recent interview, Ain is, in fact, an alias. A recently-launched website for Hellhammer suggests his birth name was Martin Eric Stricker.

After amassing a small fortune in the 1980s from Celtic Frost's success, he became an entrepreneur and now owns a successful DVD shop and bar in Zurich, called Acapulco. He is also a co-owner of the music club Mascotte, which has become well known for hosting upcoming international bands. Since 2004 he has been the host of the "karaoke from hell" show, taking place every Tuesday night at the Mascotte Club.

He sang the lead vocals for the song "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh" on Celtic Frost's most recent album, Monotheist.

He died on October 21, 2017 following a heart attack.