Although on May 12, 2006, due to health reasons, Lopez permanently left Opeth to be replaced by Martin Axenrot, he wasn't active in the band almost right after the recording of Ghost Reveries. Lopez now concentrates fully on his old band, Fifth to Infinity. 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. 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.