“Step up step up, all who are fed up. The sad, the mad and the plain insane. Release your freak, it’s showtime!”
Cirrha Niva (derived from Cirrha & Nisa the mountain tops of the Parnassus, symbol of Divine Wisdom, Poetic Inspiration and Human Knowledge, as mentioned in Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy) has a strong DO-IT-YOURSELF attitude and they work 220% for their music.
All albums are released on their own independent label Parnassus Records. The band invested a lot in quality studio recordings, cd production and press promotion. And it pays off, because the band has received overall high rates from international music press.
After the exceptionally well reviewed album ‘For Moments Never Done’ Cirrha Niva started writing ‘Out Of The Freakshow,’.
In 2009, Cirrha Niva had developed their unique ‘For Moments Never Done’ sound. Now, again under the guidence of producers Jochem Jacobs and Bouke Visser of Split Second Sound Studio (Textures ect), the band takes it to the next level.
On ‘Out Of The Freakshow,’ the music still consists of technical riffs, pounding drums, melodic and shredding guitar solo’s. But the band utilises more of a Seventies-feel and have packed much more emotion and anger into the compositions. They even take the heavyness and speed to an unprecedented level for Cirrha Niva. All this and more results in the newborn album: ‘Out Of The Freakshow,’.
“Ladies and gentleman. Brothers and sisters. Geeks and gorillas.
For the world of the bizarre we proudly present the world’s largest congregation of human oddities.”
On ‘Out Of The Freakshow,’ Cirrha Niva welcomes some very talented guest musicians. Drummer and interim bandmember Nathanael Taekema (Thomas Zwijsen) did the band a huge favour by creating and playing all drumtracks on the album. Psychotic Waltz frontman Devon Graves adds depth to ‘Just Another Legacy’ with his poignant vocals and flute, and singer Lisette van den Berg (Scarlet Stories) takes ‘Afraid To Bleed’ to a breathtaking climax. Under supervision of Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever), keyboardist Erik van Ittersum (Theater Equation) adds spheric elements to the album using piano, Hammond organ, strings and soundscapes. And finally, the mysterious Mr. Gold, speaks as The Ringmaster in the opening song ‘I Guess’.
Visualy, Cirrha Niva is surrounded by a team of creative and devoted freaks! The stunning artwork is made by Blacklake Design (Damien Wilson, Maiden United) and the band pictures are shot by Tim Tronckoe Photography. The band outfits are exclusivly created by Ingeborg Steenhorst from I Style Stars (Lacuna Coil, Epica, Karmaflow).
Legrand: “Like the saying goes: ‘out of the furnace, into the fire’. After escaping your worst nightmare you find yourself in one that’s even worse. That’s what ‘Out Of The Freakshow,’ is all about: getting out of whatever you want to get out of, but beware of the alternative. For we all have a freak inside of us that’s waiting for the right opportunity to get out, maybe the dirty lies of the ‘Silver Tongues’, or the seconds, minutes and hours that ‘Time’ hits. Ah, you don’t have a freak hiding in the shadows? You only do good, and jealousy and envy are just words you know by looking at things ‘From Ego’s point of view? Well my friend, you are ‘Just Another Legacy’ waiting to happen and with your dying breath you will wish you’d have gotten ‘Out Of The Freakshow,’.”
After intense live performances on international stages and festivals (a.o. Zwarte Cross (NL), Alcatraz Metal Fest (B), Occult Fest (NL), Roadgrill (NL), Elsrock (NL)), the band is rewarded with positive reactions from both press and audience on their live performance. Good criticism on solid songs, great performance and musically excellent craftsmanship are received after every show.
Besides numerous headline shows after the album releases ‘Liaison de la Morte’ and ‘For Moments Never Done’, Cirrha Niva joined Crimson Glory (USA) during their complete 2011 European Tour, played at major festivals like Alcatraz Metal Festival (B), Dokk’em Open Air (NL) and Zwarte Cross (NL) and supported wellknown acts such as Blind Guardian (GER), Lacuna Coil (IT), Evergrey (SE), Pain of Salvation (SE), Planet X (USA), Skyclad (UK) & Evanescence (USA)! See all gigs.
Cirrha Niva released their new album
"Out Of The Freakshow is an excellent album!"
Rating: 8,1 out of 10 "It doesn’t get boring for one second!"
"I'm overwhelmed - Best of 2016"
Rock 'n Roll Monuments (GR)
Rating: TIP "Splendit Achievement"
IO Pages (NL)
Powerplay Magazine (UK)
Rating: 8/10 "Prog advanced"
Zware Metalen (NL)
Festival Info (NL)
Rating: 5/5 "More than the maximum score I cannot give"
Keys & Chords (NL)
Rating: 8/10 "Like good prog should be: challenging & rewarding"
Rock Tribune (B)
Rating: 8,5/10 Album Of The Week
Rating: 9/10 "Spin after spin the album is getting better and better"
Power of Metal (DK)
Rating: 84/100 "Out of the Freakshow was more than worth the wait!"
Lords of Metal (NL)
Rating: 80/100 "A small masterpiece"
True Metal (IT)
Rating: 8/10 “Spannend, abwechslungsreich und sehr horenswert."
Metal Factory (SW)
Rating: 8/10 "An album to cherish"
Rating: 4/5 "A thoroughly enjoyable album that i expect to give plenty of spins"
Prog Archives (CAN)
"This fourth album will rank alongside the greatest achievements in history."
Metal & Oddities (FR)
"Filigrain and thrilling songs"
"Holland at it's best"
White Room (NL)
Rating: 78/100 "More progressive, more theatrical, more adventurous!"