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Origin Melbourne, VIC
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1992 - 1992
Labels Polygram
Associated acts Killing Time, Christ Art Museum, iOTA
Past members
Chris Collins, Nina Grant, Syd Green, Chris Paine, Adam Pringle

Band Members

  • Line-Up
    • Chris Collins (guitar)
    • Nina Grant (bass)
    • Syd Green (drums)
    • Chris Paine (guitar) (d. 16/11/15)
    • Adam Pringle (vocals)

Band Information

Mantissa was originally known as Killing Time and featured Jed Starr on guitar and Tubby Wadsworth on drums. The name change to Mantissa came in August of 1992 when the band was in the USA for the recording of the Mossy God album. The band also switched base from Sydney to Melbourne (where they had, rather ironically, originally formed as Killing Time) around the same time. Mantissa rocked with plenty of funk-laced heavy metal power while maintaining a high melody factor and the band’s music won a large US following. Mantissa toured and worked in the US for almost two years from the end of 1993.

The band's return to Australia was followed by the issue of the "Inter Alia" EP and an appearance at the Big Day Out in Melbourne and Adelaide. Several months later the long-awaited second album was released. Thirst was a stark change in musical direction for the band that failed to be embraced by their fanbase and Mantissa fell apart shortly afterward. Syd Green joined Christ Art Museum in late 1995 later featured in iOTA's band. Adam Pringle continues to perform in Sydney with his own band. Chris Paine passed away on November 16, 2015.



1993 Mossy God Polydor
1995 Thirst Polydor


1992 Mary Mary Polydor
1993 Land of the Living Polydor
1994 Sanctify Polydor


1994 Inter Alia Polydor

Compilation tracks:

Year Track Title Album Title Label
1992 "Mary Mary" 100% Hits Volume Six EMI