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Amphitryon were formed in 1996 at Boulogne-sur-Mer, by Matthieu Scarpa (guitar), Johann Simon (drums). Christophe Viandier (death voices) came a few later. The band plays first a ‘heavy-thrash-death’ style. Laurent Desvignes (guitar) joined this line-up about six months after and then, Aurélie Hais (keyboards & female vocals) and Gianni Leone (bass) during the beginning of 1997.

Each musician brings different influences which turned Amphitryon music to a sort of doom, heavy, death and black metal, with a significant atmospheric touch already. The band thus composes his first songs like “Land of Tears” and gets on stage.

In August 1998, the line-up gives several concerts and gets in Studio to record 2 songs for a French compilation entitled “Intramurock # 5”. Amphitryon plays then on his first large stage at the Intramurock Festival.

Christophe decides to leave the band at the end of 1999 because of the vocal structures evolution and an increased part of clean vocals by Gianni. Therefore, Amphitryon is plunged in a long time of chaos before being able to recover a new effective line-up.

Vocals are completely reorganized during 2000 with the participation of the whole band - except Johann - to form a choir. Céline Malfoy and Sarah Barisèle, are recruited too for female vocals and Laurent finally assumes the death voices. New songs evolve thus to a much more symphonic style.

Amphitryon knows then a turning point for his career with the recording of a first autoproduced M-CD between February and March 2001 : “l’Entremonde”. This record offers a certain notoriety to the band in the French Underground according to critics.


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