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13 Candles is a Rock band that was originally formed in 1992 by Louis Holloway and Justin Dracul, to create dark, gothic music. They recorded countless songs in the early years and issued these out as demo's at gigs they performed. Drafting in keyboard player Black Angel they set out around the U.K. playing a string of dates, they played the first Whitby Goth festival, suppying the P.A. for the event and even played at the legendary venue "The Marquee" in London. The demo's and a promo video, entitled "The 13th Hour" attracted interest and in 1995 they ensnared a signing to Nottingham based label, Nightbreed Records.However they needed fresh blood within the band, recruiting young musician Marc Azrael Hoyland into the fold to play keyboards and second guitar. They recorded their first album "Come out of the Dark" at Bandwagon studios in Mansfield, England in the Spring of '95. The album gained much acclaim and they set out on their first U.K. tour, playing various cities in England and Scotland, with Midnight Configuration and Suspiria, the climax at the Vamps and Tramps ball in Whitby. Later that year they played a concert with the one and only Rozz Williams and Gitaine Demone of Christian Death fame, raising their popularity to a new, larger audiance..Writing of the follow up album "Angels of Mourning Silence" took place almost immediatly. The sound of the band had developed greatly, Marc Azrael Hoyland became the sole guitarist, being as modern technology allowed him to be free of his keyboard duties. This also gave way for Louis Holloway to concentrate and focus more on his Vocals and not worry about playing guitar. They recorded the tracks at Bandwagon Studios, with an intended release to happen in 1996 on Nightbreed Records, but this was not to be. A support slot with uprising metal stars Cradle of Filth at the London Astoria gained the interest of London based record label Cacophonous records, they signed on the dotted line Christmas 1996.The original recording of the album is now considered a demo but has never seen the light of day...Recording of the second album took place at Academy Studios in Dewsbury, England in the Spring of 1997. This release catapulted the band into the eye of the mainstream, appearing in magazines such Terrorizer and reviews in Kerrang and Metal Hammer. The album was embraced by goths and metal heads alike, 13 Candles set out to ensue the Goth/Metal crossover scene, and turning the music to a darker side than before... Another tour took place, playing with acts such as Mortiis, Cathedral, Christian Death, Hawkwind and The Damned..When the "Angels" period had come to an end, major changes happened with the band. Louis Holloway was released from service to be replaced by vocalist Danny J. and for the first time, 13 Candles added a real drummer into the fold in the shape of Pauley Mckay, and keyboard player Tim Turner, taking their sound to the next level..The band then went back to Academy Studios in the Autumn of 1998 to record the e.p. "Killing for Kulture", this recording proved to be the best work the band had done, the writing of the songs was a long process, and began just after "Angels" was recorded, when Louis was still in the band.However the band was without a label to release this fine art as problems with Cacophonous had arisen. They had to wait until the right offer came along. They toured England, with support coming from bands such as Squid and Killing Miranda, also they returned to the London Astoria to play a festival with bands such as The Merry Thoughts, The Marionettes, Midnight Configuration and Gene Loves Jezebel..Another line up change was imminant and drummer Dan Theobald came to the drum stool after the exit of Pauley.. The band played a couple of gigs, the most noteworthy being Fat Pauley's in Norwich, England, support to Hecate Enthroned and Theatre des Vampires.In 2000 the e.p. "Killing for Kulture" is finally released on Danny's own label Def2musik.
- also known as The Thirteen Candles, Candles
- genre: Gothic rock
- albums: "Come Out of the Dark", "Angels of Mourning Silence", "Killing for Culture"
- official website: www.geocities.com/the13candlesuk/home.html
"13 Candles" is a composition.
- music and lyrics by Quorthon
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by Sherman E. Pyatt, Alan Johns
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