Swedish viking metal act Amon Amarth have confirmed that they've completed writing their next album. Now that an full-length's worth of material has been finished, the band will don their pointy helmets within the recording studio in early 2013.

It's hard to believe that this will be Amon Amarth's ninth studio album, with their most recent record, 'Surtur Rising,' having been released to rave reviews in early 2011. Upon finishing the writing work for their yet-untitled 2013 album, Amon Amarth informed their fans of the good news via their official website.

The band writes:

We want to thank everyone that has supported and helped us in 2012.

2013 will be another intense year for Amon Amarth, and looks like it will be slightly unpredictable and mischievous…

We’ve just finished writing all the songs for the next full-length album, and we’re ready to enter the studio to start recording them in the new year.
Wishing everyone a fun and successful 2013!

/Amon Amarth

The Swedish metal phenoms have recruited producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Machine Head) to take the helm for the upcoming album. "We were looking for a change," guitarist Olavi Mikkonen tells Decibel, "and Andy has been in our thoughts for some years now. After meeting with him, we felt a good connection. We think this is going to be a ripper."

Amon Amarth's ninth studio album is tentatively slated to be released in June 2013.