Martin Eric Ain

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Martin Eric Stricker
Warrior reed ain.jpg
Background information
Born (1967-07-18) 18 July 1967 (age 47)
Origin Switzerland
Genres Heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals
Associated acts Hellhammer, Celtic Frost

Martin Eric Ain (real name Martin Stricker, born 18 July 1967 in the United States Of America)[1] is 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. The official website for Hellhammer launched in 2007 states his birth name as Martin Eric Stricker.[2]

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 final album, Monotheist.

He currently plays a left-handed Warwick bass.


  1. ^ Martin Stricker was born in the united states of America, 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
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