Drummer Shannon Lucas has officially quit The Black Dahlia Murder.

The Virginia native had joined the Detroit-based death metal group in 2007, and played on the Nocturnal (2007), Deflorate (2009), Ritual (2011) albums. He was also once a member of All That Remains, yet he never recorded any albums with the band.

Lucas, 29, released a video statement (seen below) where he explains his reasoning behind his exit. Basically, the drummer wants to try out "other things," but he promises to keep busy on the musical front.

Besides working on a grindcore project, Lucas will begin tracking drums in January for an album with a supergroup which will also feature vocalist George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) and guitarist Adam D. (Killswitch Engage). He will also be opening a tattoo shop in 2013 with his wife.

Lucas actually recommended Alan Cassidy (ex-Abigail Williams), his temporary replacement in The Black Dahlia Murder, who can currently be seen with the band out on tour opening for Dethklok.

Watch Shannon Lucas' Video Statement

Watch 'What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse' Video

Catch The Black Dahlia Murder out on tour with Dethklok, Machine Head and All That Remains:

11/07/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/08/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/09/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/01/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/02/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/04/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/06/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/07/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/08/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

*Machine Head and All That Remains will be alternating in the direct support position each night. Check your local tour listing for the solidified line-up in your market.