The world is apparently coming to an end …

Either that, or that one place is finally freezing over …

Guns N’ Roses has announced an official release date for its long-awaited, much-delayed-and-then-pushed-back-again and almost mythical album “Chinese Democracy.”

Nov. 23 will apparently be the day it is finally released. The lead track, also titled “Chinese Democracy,” has just been released to radio.

I haven’t heard the single yet. But I did get a press release from the band’s publicist … er, more accurately, singer/band leader Axl Rose’s flak … that this is not an April Fool’s joke. Nor is it an mid-October prank.

Preorders are even being taken at

It’s been nearly 20 years since the band has released a CD with all-new music on it. In 1991, GN’R released “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II.”

And in 1993, the group released a covers CD, “The Spaghetti Incident,” in which it cranked out its versions of songs by Nazareth, T-Rex and the Misfits, to name a few.

“Chinese Democracy” was produced by Rose and Caram Costanzo and will be released on the Black Fog/Geffen label.

Two of the 14 songs from the CD have already been premiered. “Shacklers Revenge” was first heard on the Rock Band 2 video game, and “If the World” is featured in the film “Body of Lies.”

I, for one, hope the new CD kicks me in the face.

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