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Birth name Ian Kenneth Åkesson
Also known as Tjodalv
Born (1976-02-22) 22 February 1976 (age 38)
Genres Black metal, thrash metal, industrial metal, death metal, symphonic metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, guitar, keyboards
Associated acts Susperia, Old Man's Child, Dimmu Borgir, Gromth

Tjodalv (real name Ian Kenneth Åkesson) is a Norwegian drummer. He is a founding member of both Dimmu Borgir[1] and Old Man's Child.[2] He now plays in Black Comedy and Susperia.[3] Tjodalv played guitar on the first Dimmu Borgir albums Inn I Evighetens Mørke and For All Tid. He then switched to drumming for them on Stormblåst and continued with this until 1999. Due to his family and musical differences he left Dimmu Borgir on amicable terms. He was replaced by Nicholas Barker, former drummer of Cradle of Filth.

Shortly before leaving Dimmu Borgir, he founded the group Susperia, with whom he remains active to date.

April 23, 2013[edit]

Shagrath posted a picture on his Official Facebook Page, of himself and Tjodalv playing together. The description of the photo as written by Shagrath reads "Jam session with Tjodalv last weekend, playing some old Dimmu tunes ;)".[4] Shagrath has not said anything about Tjodalv returning as the much needed drummer for Dimmu Borgir.


  1. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Biography: Dimmu Borgir". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  2. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Biography: Old Man's Child". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Bonacich, Drago. "Biography: Susperia". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
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