Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan says new album will be finished this year
Singer also says there are already plans in place to tour in 2013
Speaking to Spin, the frontman said that that sessions on the as-yet-untitled new LP were progressing quickly and that there was "no reason" why the record shouldn't be completed by the end of 2012.
Gahan, who previously said that the recording sessions on the album were "very different" to the way they had worked in the past, said: "We've probably got 20 songs demoed. Some of the songs are in really good shape, some need some work, but we're definitely on track."
He went on to add:
We have a deadline of the end of November, and there's no reason why we won't meet that at the rate we're going.
The singer, who paid tribute to Fever Ray producer Christopher Berg for his work on the album so far and his "fantastic ideas", also said it was likely that the band would play live shows in 2013, stating: "There are already plans in place to be touring next year."
Depeche Mode released their last studio album 'Sounds Of The Universe' in 2009. Earlier this year, meanwhile, founding member Martin Gore collaborated with the band's former keyboardist and songwriter Vince Clarke under the moniker VCMG. They released their debut album, 'Ssss', in March.