Silenoz (born Sven Atle Kopperud, 1 March 1977) is a Norwegian guitarist who is a founding member, along with Shagrath and Tjodalv, of the Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir of which he is the primary songwriter. He is also guitarist for the death metal supergroup, Insidious Disease.
|Birth name||Sven Atle Kopperud|
|Also known as||Ed Damnator, Erkekjetter Silenoz|
|Born||1 March 1977|
|Genres||Symphonic black metal, melodic black metal, thrash metal, blackened death metal|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass|
|Associated acts||Dimmu Borgir, Insidious Disease, Nocturnal Breed|
Silenoz has been Dimmu Borgir's guitarist since they started. He also composes and writes lyrics for most of the band's songs. He contributes vocals (on "Stormblåst", its re-record, and "Godless Savage Garden") and bass (on "Stormblåst MMV"). He also sang lead vocals on their debut album "For All Tid". At first, he was known only as Erkekjetter Silenoz (Arch-Heretic Silenoz in Norwegian).
Another band Silenoz, or "Ed Damnator" as he was called, played rhythm guitar and occasional bass in was the Norwegian thrash metal band, "Nocturnal Breed". Before becoming a musician Silenoz used to work in a kindergarten.
Silenoz originally played bass, but he 'felt limited by only four strings'. He has played guitar since 1991, saying that he was inspired to play the guitar by Judas Priest, Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen - in his words 'Real guitar players'.
For many years as guitarist in Dimmu Borgir, Silenoz appeared with long hair. However, as of 2012 he has appeared with a shaven head whilst maintaining a beard and various piercings.
Silenoz explained in an interview that his stage-name is derived from an alternative Latinised spelling of the Greek "Silenus," the name of a satyr-like being in Greek mythology who was a tutor to the wine god Dionysus, and was said to possess special knowledge and the power of prophecy while intoxicated. In the early days of the band, he used as stage name Erkekjetter Silenoz (erkekjetter being Norwegian for "arch heretic"), having it shortened later to Silenoz.
- ESP Okkultist Custom V guitars (Maroon & Natural Finishes)
- ESP SV Series guitars
- ESP Viper guitar
- Jackson Guitars (formerly)
- Seymour Duncan pickups
- EMG Pickups (formerly)
- Marshall amplifiers
- Mesa Boogie amplifiers
- ENGL amplifiers
- Blackstar amplifiers
- Boss guitar effects
- Dean Markley - Blue Steel guitar strings
- Dunlop Tortex picks
- Shure wire-less systems
- Behind the Player: Dimmu Borgir (DVD, 2010, Alfred Music Publishing)
- Metal Hammer Magazine Issue 196
-  Archived July 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "DIMMU BORGIR 'Behind The Player' DVD Now Available". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2011-12-07.