Martin Lopez

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Martin Lopez
Birth name Martin Walter Lopez Cardozo[1]
Born (1978-05-20) May 20, 1978 (age 39)
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, Anuryzm
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, due to health reasons, Lopez permanently left Opeth on May 12, 2006, to be replaced by Martin Axenrot,[2] he hadn't been actively involved with the band since the recording of Ghost Reveries wrapped in the summer of 2005. Lopez now concentrates fully on his old band, Fifth to Infinity.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]


with Amon Amarth[edit]

with Opeth[edit]

with Soen[edit]


  1. ^ Martin Walter Lopez Cardozo. "Martin Walter Lopez Cardozo (Sköndal, 39 år)". Retrieved 2017-06-24. 
  2. ^ January 13, 2007, "OPETH Mainman Slams 'New Breed of Idiot Fans' for questions his judgement'", Retrieved on July 25, 2009
  3. ^ "Blackeberg Records". Blackeberg Records. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  4. ^ May. 28, 2010, "Former OPETH Drummer Joins Forces With SADUS Bassist", Retrieved on May 28, 2010
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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