February 10, 2015

Bullet For My Valentine has parted ways with bassist Jason James. The band said in a statement, “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 as much as we know you guys are too. We wanna 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.”


The group will announce a replacement for James “when we feel the time is right,” adding, “Until then we’re gonna be busy and focused recording our next record and making sure its the best album we’ve ever made.”

Frontman Matt Tuck explains what is important to Bullet For My Valentine when they’re making a new record: “The big thing that we’ve learned is, like, you’re not gonna please everyone all the time. As long as you do what you want to do and the band is happy and you feel you haven’t given away your integrity, you know, I don’t really care if people go, ‘Oh, it’s not metal enough, it’s not heavy enough.’ It’s like, that’s not what we are.”

The band also wrote online that 2015 is “shaping up to be a massive year for us, with lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes which we’ll be announcing as soon as we can.”

Bullet For My Valentine recently entered the studio to begin recording its fifth studio album for a tentative summer release.

Bullet’s last effort, Temper Temper, came out in March of 2013. The band issued a brand new song called “Raising Hell” in November of that year, although it’s not clear if that track will show up on the new album.