RIO - SEX CRIMES - 12" Vinyl LP Album

- French Release on N.E.W. Records , Heavy Metal

RIO's "Sex Crimes" album, a pinnacle of the NWOBHM movement, unveils a sonic journey recorded at London's Livingston and Trident Studios, mixed at Firehouse Studio. Produced by Steve Rodford, the album's powerful tracks encapsulate the raw energy and intricate musicality emblematic of NWOBHM. Its French release adds an international dimension, showcasing the genre's cross-cultural influence within Europe, solidifying RIO's legacy in the heavy metal pantheon.


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"Sex Crimes" Album Description:

In the vibrant tapestry of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, the album "Sex Crimes" by the British Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band RIO stands out as a testament to the band's musical prowess and the era's dynamic musical landscape. Released as a 12" Vinyl LP Album on the "New Electric Way" record label, this second and final official album from RIO bears the imprints of its time, both in production and musical style.

Produced by the accomplished Steve Rodford, "Sex Crimes" benefits from the expertise of sound and recording engineers Felix Kendall and Tony Harris. The recording sessions took place at the iconic Livingston Studios and Trident Studios in London, renowned for shaping the sonic identity of many artists during the NWOBHM era. These studios served as crucibles where the raw energy of emerging bands like RIO was transmuted into the polished sound that defined the genre.

The mixing process, a crucial step in any album's production, occurred at Firehouse Studio in London. The choice of this studio adds another layer to the album's European connection, contributing to the overall aesthetic that was emblematic of the NWOBHM movement. Firehouse Studio, with its state-of-the-art equipment and experienced engineers, played a pivotal role in refining the album's sonic character.

"Sex Crimes" unfolds as a musical journey, encapsulating the spirit of NWOBHM within the timeframe of its release. The European date of this article places the album within its historical context, aligning it with the broader cultural and musical landscape of that period. NWOBHM, flourishing in the late 1970s and early 1980s, marked a resurgence of heavy metal in the United Kingdom and beyond.

RIO's contribution to the NWOBHM movement is evident in the album's tracks, each pulsating with the energy characteristic of the genre. The heavy riffs, powerful vocals, and intricate guitar solos showcase the band's commitment to the musical tenets of NWOBHM. Songs like [insert notable tracks] exemplify RIO's ability to weave intricate musical narratives while staying true to the raw, unbridled essence of the movement.

As a French release, the "Sex Crimes" album adds an international dimension to RIO's legacy within the NWOBHM narrative. The reach of the movement extended far beyond its British origins, influencing bands and fans across Europe. The French release of RIO's album highlights the cross-cultural exchange that characterized the NWOBHM era, as music enthusiasts from different corners of Europe embraced the genre.

Music Genre:

Hard Rock
Album Production information:

The album: "RIO - Sex Crimes N.E.W" was produced by: Steve Rodford,

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Felix Kendall, Tony Harris

This album was recorded at: Livingston Studios, London - Trident Studios, London.

Mixed at Firehouse Studio, London.

Record Label Information:

N.E.W New Electric Way 2346

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram 

Year and Country:

1986 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: RIO - Sex Crimes N.E.W
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Jon Neil - Vocals, Guitar
  • Steve Rodford - Bass
  • Beasley Drake - Drums
  • James Stevens - Emulator
Complete Track-listing of the album "RIO - Sex Crimes N.E.W"

The detailed tracklist of this record "RIO - Sex Crimes N.E.W" is:

  1. Pay For Love
  2. Under Pressure
  3. Atlantic Radio
  4. Highschool Rock
  5. Guilty
  6. When the Walls Come Down
  7. Danger Zone
  8. Sex Crimes
  9. Dirty Movies
  10. Bad Blood
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"RIO - Sex Crimes N.E.W" High Quality Photo of Album Front Cover 
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Close-up Photo of New Electric Way N.E.W Dark Grey and White Record Label

Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.