The Cranberries have announced that they will finish the album they had been working on before the death of singer Dolores O'Riordan, with the new material expected to reach fans "early next year".

O'Riordan died on January 15 in London and according to a statement on the band's website she had already recorded vocals for the new songs.

The surviving members of the band, Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, have also revisited their plans to release a 25th anniversary edition of the debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

The album was released in March 1993, but due to O'Riordan's passing the commemorative re-issue was put on hold. It is now expected to land before the end of the year.

Dolores O'Riordan

"We can confirm that since last summer the band had been working with Universal Music on the creation of a very special 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly re mastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album," the post on their website reads.

"We had planned to release this special edition this month to coincide with the 25th anniversary. However, given Dolores’ passing in January we put the entire project on hold.

"In recent weeks we revisited this. After much consideration we have decided to finish what we started. We thought about it and decided that as this is something that we started as a band, with Dolores, we should push ahead and finish it. So that’s the plan, to finish the project and get the special 25th anniversary edition album out later this year."

Speaking about their new material that will feature O'Riordan's vocals, they said, "We will also be completing the recording of a new studio album as previously announced, which we also started last year and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals. All going well we hope to have this new album finished and out early next year."

The band added that they will keep fans up to date on both projects as they progress.