The band name is based on The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri and is a mutation/combination of the names Cirrha and Nisa, the two peaks of the mountain Parnassus that appear in the story. After formation and the demo recordings of “Alighieri’s Roots” and “After The Darkness”, Cirrha Niva self-released their debut album “The Mirror World Dimension” in 1997. Shortly thereafter some lineup changes were made, with the previous singer Erik Smits and drummer Jack Puijker being replaced. The vocals were taken over by Arnold Kloek as of november 1997. In january 1998, Tommy White (drums) and Wilbert van den Broek (keyboard) joined the band. The studio albums “No More Psychosis”, “Enter The Future Exit” and the rock opera “Liaison de La Morte” followed under this lineup. The concept album “Liaison de La Morte” in 2001, was written by guitarist Rob Willemse and comprised 7 chapters.
The rock opera combined horror and romance and was performed in operatic style with elaborate costumes, make-up and intricate choreography. The Dutch Foundation for Amateur Art Fund and Brabant Pop foundation for the province of North Brabant were official sponsors of the production. In 2002, Cirrha Niva received a tour subsidy from the National Pop Instite (NPI) to perform the rock opera at the international music-, art- & lifestyle festival ‘Wave-Gotik-Treffen’ in Leipzig, Germany. The rock opera was featured in various major theaters in the Netherlands as well as in the Broerenkerk church in Zwolle until the performance tour ended in 2003. After “Liaison de La Morte” only founder guitarist Rob Willemse and drummer Tommy White remained active in the band. Newcomers in the line-up were the dynamic lead singer Legrand, guitarist Carlo Heefer and bassist Daniel Huijben. With this formation, the band recorded the acclaimed album “For Moments Never Done” in 2009, again with worldwide distribution by The End records and for Benelux through the distribution division of Suburban Records. Also featured on the album were singers Robin de Groot (Chiraw) and Manda Ophuis (Nemesea), keyboardist Joost van den Broek (After Forever) and saxophonists Bouke Visser and Yuval Kramer (Amaseffer). The band has toured with Lacuna Coil (IT), Evergrey (SW), Pain of Salvation (SW), Planet X (USA), Skyclad (UK) and Crimson Glory (USA). Read more on Last.fm.
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