Re: Martin Lopez
I'm huge fan of Opeth though I'm not much of a fan of their new album. Like most of you all have been saying something just seems to be missing drum wise in the album. I look forward to future albums with Axenrot (sp?) when I can get a better idea of his music.
That is not to say Axenrot is a bad drummer. I was fortunate enough to witness him play at a prog metal tour with Dream Theater. He was a very very talented drummer. And he can play Martin Lopez's stuff pretty good, but it obviously isn't Martin Lopez.
As for Lopez I'm disappointed that he left Opeth, but your health is always more important than anything else. I look forward to what he plans on doing with his drum career in the future. I love his stile of drumming. A very strong latin and jazzy influence which I've been striving to take on myself.