Martin Lopez

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Martin Lopez
Birth name Martin Walter Lopez Cardozo[1]
Born (1978-05-20) May 20, 1978 (age 36)
Genres Progressive metal, death metal, progressive death metal, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Amon Amarth, Fifth to Infinity, Opeth, Soen
Notable instruments
Premier drums, Sabian cymbals

Martin Lopez (born May 20, 1978 in Stockholm) is a Swedish-Uruguayan drummer, currently a member and co-founder of progressive metal supergroup Soen, but is best known as the ex-drummer of Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth and melodic death metal band Amon Amarth.

Lopez was born in Sweden to Uruguayan settler parents, later moving to Uruguay, then back to Sweden.


Lopez joined Opeth in 1997, after leaving Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth on whose album Once Sent From the Golden Hall he played. With Opeth, he recorded the albums My Arms, Your Hearse, Still Life, Blackwater Park, Deliverance, Damnation and Ghost Reveries.

Although on May 12, 2006, due to health reasons, Lopez permanently left Opeth to be replaced by Martin Axenrot,[2] he wasn't active in the band almost right after the recording of Ghost Reveries.[3] Lopez now concentrates fully on his old band, Fifth to Infinity.[4] On May 28, 2010, it was announced that Martin Lopez, bassist Steve DiGiorgio, singer Joel Ekelöf and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis had joined forces in the band Soen.[5] Their debut album, Cognitive, was released on February 15, 2012.


Martin endorsed Premier drums on the first albums with Opeth, he then switched over to Tama. His Premier kit was a Signia Marquis series, his Tama kit is a Starclassic series. He also endorses Sabian cymbals.

In 2014 Martin switched to a Noble & Cooley drum endorsement.[6]

Martin's Noble & Cooley Kit

CD Maple series in Black Cherry Burst with flanged black chrome hardware

5.5"x13" CD snare
7"x14" Solid Shell Classic Tulip Wood


  • 20" Sabian Radia Chinese
  • 14" AA Regular hats
  • 16" AA El Sabor crash
  • 18" AAX Dark Crash
  • 7" Vault Max Splash
  • 9" Vault Max Splash
  • 11" Vault Max splash
  • 18" HHX Studio Crash
  • 20" HHX Chinese
  • 14" HH Mini Chinese
  • 19" AAXplosion Crash
  • 20" HH Jazz Ride
  • 20" AAX Metal Ride (on Deliverance)


External links[edit]

  3. Blackeberg Records