Jeffrey Dunn

Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (born 22 April 1961) is a British guitarist best known as one of the founding members of seminal thrash/speed metal band Venom, with which he played as a guitarist from 1979 to 1985 and 1989 to 2002.

Jeffrey Dunn
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Background information
Birth nameJeffrey Dunn
Also known asMantas
Born (1961-04-22) 22 April 1961 (age 60)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Years active1979–present
Associated acts
  • Venom
  • Dryll
  • Primevil
  • Venom Inc

Career after VenomEdit

In 1986 he left Venom to form the band Mantas which has recorded two full-length albums: Winds of Change in 1988, and Zero Tolerance in 2004. In 1992 he played guitars for Warfare, a NWOBHM band from the United Kingdom.

In 2006, Mantas toured with German hardcore techno act Scooter in Germany as an additional member on guitar.[1] In 2007 he worked with the band Dryll.[2] In 2009, he guested on German metalcore band Last One Dying's debut album The Hour of Lead and released the Dryll EP Digital Surgery which was available at live shows only.

In 2010, Dunn and former Venom members Antony "Antton" Lant (drums; brother of Venom frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals) formed a band, initially called Primevil and then M-pire of Evil. Dunn played guitar on the track "Hold On" by Scott Michael Cavagan.

In May 2018, Dunn underwent emergency heart surgery (double bypass) in Lisbon following a life threatening incident.[3]


  • CSL Flying V
  • Ibanez Roadstar with Hardrock'r tremolo system[4][5]
  • Ibanez RG (Black Finish)
  • Ibanez RG (Blue Finish)
  • Ibanez Xiphos (Black Finish)
  • Steinberger Synapse (Black Finish)
  • Ibanez Destroyer DT 555 (Black Finish with White Pickups)

Mantas now uses Caparison guitars


With VenomEdit

With MantasEdit

  • Winds of Change (1988)
  • Deceiver (single, 1988)
  • Zero Tolerance (2004)

With DryllEdit

  • Digital Surgery (EP, 2009)

With M-pire of EvilEdit

  • Creatures of the Black (EP, 2011)
  • Hell to the Holy (2012)
  • Crucified (2013)

With Venom Inc.Edit

  • Avé (2017)

With Warfare (as guest)Edit

  • Noise, Filth and Fury (EP, 1984)
  • Pure Filth (1984)
  • A Conflict of Hatred (1988)

With The Mugshots (as guest)Edit

  • Children Of The Night / The Call (Maxi Single, 2021)


  1. ^ "SCOOTER-Fans feiern Mantas ab - News". Powermetal.De. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Dryll's Myspace Page". Jeff Dunn. 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Original VENOM Guitarist JEFF 'MANTAS' DUNN Is Recovering After Successful Heart Surgery". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Ibanez Rules 1983-84 US Catalog". Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  5. ^ "new wave of british heavy metal". new wave of british heavy metal. Retrieved 15 August 2017.

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