Celtic Frost’s Martin Eric Ain, RIP (Tom G. Warrior & other artists pay tribute)
Martin Eric Ain of Celtic Frost passed away on Saturday (10/21) after suffering a heart attack at age 50. His close friend Jan Graber confirmed the news to Swiss website 20 Minuten.
Martin was an on-and-off member of Celtic Frost throughout various phases of their career, and played bass and sang on most of their albums. He also played in pre-Celtic Frost band Hellhammer with band leader Thomas Gabriel Fischer, aka Tom G. Warrior. Tom took the above photo back in 2006 and posted it to Twitter after the news of Martin’s death. Tom also wrote on Facebook: “I am deeply affected by his passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin’s life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982.” He also posted a stream of “Totengott,” and wrote: “…lyrics and lead vocals by Martin Eric Ain, music by Tom Gabriel Warrior, recorded in December of 2005. This was the final musical collaboration between Martin and me, and it now will remain so forever.”
Several other artists posted tributes on social media, including Misanthrope, Samael, Lord Dying, Cradle of Filth, 1349, With the Dead, Satyricon, Goatwhore, Xibalba, Child Bite and Pictureplane. See those tributes below.
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Today is a sad day for Metal. Martin Eric Ain, bassist for one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, has died, age 50. His work in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost were a massive influence on a fledgling Cradle Of Filth, as well as hundreds of other bands, and he shall be remembered with glorious respect. R.I.P Martin Ain. #martinain #martinericain #celticfrost #hellhammer #cradleoffilth #danifilth #rip #metalmusic
Rest in Power Martin Eric Ain. A true pioneer for not only heavy but hard ass music. Salud.
— XIBALBA (@XibalbaCA) October 22, 2017
RIP to Martin Eric Ain of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. True hero artists ahead of their time. Big influence to me. pic.twitter.com/OuT8PZCqk3
— PICTUREPLANE (@pictureplane) October 22, 2017