Bassist Jason James has parted ways with heavy metal rockers Bullet For My Valentine.

The remaining three members of the band have announced James, who had been the bass player since 2003, is no longer a part of the group as they prepare to record their fifth album.

The group wrote on Facebook.com, "It is with regret that Bullet For My Valentine has to announce that Jay James is no longer a member of the band. Jay has been a part of this band for well over 12 years and part of our lives forever, and we're gonna miss him... We wanna (sic) wish him all the best and success with whatever he chooses to do next and will always be grateful for his contribution and sacrifices he made for this band.

"We'll announce a replacement for Jay when we feel the time is right, but until then we're gonna be busy and focused recording our next record..."