The new album is set to be released next Spring

Manic Street Preachers are set to release an album featuring lyrics written by missing member Richey Edwards.

The Welsh trio told NME.COM that they had recorded nine songs with producer Steve Albini for the album, tentatively titled ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’, which they plan to release in spring 2009.

The album will only feature lyrics written by Edwards, which his bandmates kept following his disappearance in 1995.

“We’ve had these lyrics for 14 years and we all felt compelled that this was the right time to do it,” bassist Nicky Wire told NME.COM. “It’s a follow-up to [1994 album] ‘The Holy Bible’ in a lot of ways.

“There’s a small amount of editing involved, because some of them [Edwards-written passages] are prose and they needed to be made into lyrics, but they’re all Richey‘s.”

For the full interview with Wire and more details on the album, see the new issue of NME, out in the UK tomorrow (November 5).