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.

Celtic Frost bandmate Tom Gabriel Fisher

Martin Eric Ain one of the founding members of extreme metal purveyors Celtic Frost passed away (October 21st), following a heart attack at the age of 50. Celtic Frost are one the best Swiss bands of all time, and considered to be one of the main pillars of extreme music. They initially formed in 1981 as Hellhammer (a key influence on black metal, and one of death metal’s founders) to become Celtic Frost in 1984. And the rest is history… Extreme metal music would never be the same again.

Extreme metal society has lost one of its core members. Martin was one of our “Messiah(s)”…

Christos Doukakis