The band part ways with their drummer…

Lostprophets have parted ways with their drummer.

Mike Chiplin has left the group to “pursue other musical opportunities”.

A statement from the band read: “Lostprophets regret to announce the departure of drummer and founding member Mike Chiplin from the band.”

They added: “As the lads have all grown up together, the departure is an amicable one with Mike leaving to pursue other musical opportunities.”

The band are currently working on the follow-up to 2004’s ’Start Something’ and plan to begin recording the new LP in the near future, with a view for a early 2006 release.