Built to Destroy

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Built to Destroy
Built to Destroy.jpg
Studio album by The Michael Schenker Group
Released September 1983
Recorded Ridge Farm Studios, Dorking
Townhouse Studios, London, UK
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 41:54
Label Chrysalis
Producer MSG and Louis Austin
The Michael Schenker Group chronology
Assault Attack
Built to Destroy
Rock Will Never Die
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10[2]

Built to Destroy is the fourth album by the Michael Schenker Group (MSG). Gary Barden returned to the group on vocals following the departure of Graham Bonnet amidst tensions with Michael Schenker. This was the band's final studio album prior to their disbanding, and Schenker moving on to form the McAuley Schenker Group with vocalist Robin McAuley. New material released under the Michael Schenker Group name would not appear for over a decade.

The song "Captain Nemo" is the theme song for Eddie Trunk's radio shows Friday Night Rocks on WAXQ and Trunk Nation on XM Radio's Hair Nation Channel.

Track listing[edit]

(UK and Japan LP)[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rock My Nights Away" Andy Nye, Gary Barden 4:09
2. "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" Nye, Barden, Michael Schenker, Ted McKenna 4:18
3. "The Dogs of War" Barden, Schenker 4:23
4. "Systems Failing" Barden, Schenker 4:25
5. "Captain Nemo" Schenker 3:22
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Still Love That Little Devil" Barden, Schenker 3:24
7. "Red Sky" Schenker, Barden, Chris Glen, McKenna, José Luis Campuzano 5:15
8. "Time Waits (For No One)" Nye, Barden 3:58
9. "Walk the Stage" Barden, Schenker 5:55
Total length: 41:54

(US Remix LP)[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" Nye, Barden, Schenker, McKenna 4:18
2. "Time Waits (For No One)" Nye, Barden 3:58
3. "Systems Failing" Barden, Schenker 4:25
4. "Rock Will Never Die" Barden, Schenker 5:55
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Red Sky" Schenker, Barden, Glen, McKenna, Luis Campuzano 5:15
6. "Rock My Nights Away" Nye, Barden 4:09
7. "Captain Nemo" Schenker 3:22
8. "The Dogs of War" Barden, Schenker 4:23
9. "Still Love That Little Devil" Barden, Schenker 3:24
Total length: 40:18
  • The 2009 EMI's Remaster CD includes both UK and US mixes of all songs (18 tracks) with the UK ones listed first. The original title "Walk the Stage", then to be changed to "Rock Will Never Die", on this remaster is listed as "Rock Will Never Die (Walk the Stage)".
  • The song "Walk the Stage" has various name changes for different releases:

Built to Destroy: "Walk the Stage" (UK), "Rock Will Never Die" (US and worldwide); Rock Will Never Die (LP): "Rock Will Never Die"; Rock Will Never Die (VHS): "Dream On";


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Derek St. Holmes sings the lead vocals on the track "I'm Gonna Make You Mine", and also sings the verses on the American Remix of "Still Love That Little Devil", Gary Barden sings both verses and chorus on the UK Mix


  • Producer - MSG & Louis Austin
  • Recorded and mixed at - Ridge Farm studios, Dorking
  • Engineer - Louis (The Jacket Racket) Austin
  • Cover concept - Michael Schenker
  • Art direction - John Pasche
  • Cover photos - John Shaw
  • Cover model - Caroline Dodd
  • Inner sleeve photography - Brian Aris
  • Bonus tracks remixed at the Record Plant, New York City by Jack Douglas
  • José Luis Campuzano, credited as co-writer of "Red Sky", is the bassist and singer of the Spanish heavy metal band Baron Rojo. He is also known as "Sherpa".


Year Chart Peak position Sales Weeks on Chart
1983 UK 23[3] - 5
1983 Japan 6 53,300 9
1983 Sweden 32[4] - 2


  1. ^ Downing, Brian. "Michael Schenker Built to Destroy review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 317. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ "Built to Destroy Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Michael Schenker Group - Built to Destroy (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-07-19.