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Melbourne guitarist, Chris Paine, passes away

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Melbourne guitarist, Chris Paine, passed away this morning.  The news was broken on the Killing Time/Mantissa Facebook page.

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce that Chris Paine died this morning. He was a founding member and rhythm guitarist for Killing Time and Mantissa. An awesome guitarist, skater and an all-round good guy he helped to break down barriers between different worlds from skaters to rockers.

Killing Time/Mantissa formed in 1989, with Paine one of the co-founders of the band.  In August 1992 the band changed its name to Mantissa and released their debut album, Mossy God.  They opened for Pantera in 1994 in Australia, supported Red Hot Chili Peppers and played the Big Day Out in 1995.

Prior to Killing Time/Mantissa, Paine was the guitarist in Utter Stench and was a talented skateboarder.

Chris, along with the rest of the band were one of Australia’s foremost hard rock bands on the ’90s. He leaves behind a back catalogue of Aussie music that will be forever etched into Australia’s hard rock history.  A band that had record labels in a bidding war to secure them. A band that put on one helluva kick arse live show.

Rest easy, Chris. You were a great musician, the reason people came out to live shows and always appreciative of the fans.

*Chris Paine pictured left in photo

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