Fetish Prom 2012: Hex-RX & CHANT
May 26, 2012
Scottsdale, Arizona @ The Venue
Review by: Tiffany Angeney
Ahhhh, the local fetish events here in Arizona. While I am usually not a fan of public fetish (I prefer the bedroom), I will say I do enjoy the music that James Bound brings to the events. This one featured Hex-RX and CHANT. I’ve seen Hex-RX once before this, and CHANT three times. I have to say I was excited to see the boys again!
J and I arrived at the venue around 8, and headed in to look around. After watching some girls get whipped we got bored and wandered outside till the show started. CHANT took the stage and I can honestly say it was far better than any of the previous CHANT shows I have seen. CHANT used to just be Bradley Bills, but now he has added on long time friend Kristopher Robin to the show. Kristopher is a welcome addition, and plays synths, as well as filling in on drums. If you’ve not seen CHANT before let me describe them a little. Bradley has taken about five drum sets, and odds and ends (anything that makes noise) and put them into on amazing drum set. It’s tribal drumming meets Industrial. It’s “Stomp”, but for those of us with the Industrial persuasion. For this show Bradley added a light show, which while blinding at times, was fantastic. Frankly, I wish he had them from the very beginning of CHANT. The water he added to the tops of the drums was mesmerizing, and added all the more to the show. Enough about that though. On to the music. The boys opened up with “Universal”, and followed it up with “Empty”. “Revolt” is a song of the new album, and has an official video! Bradley is one sexy fucker so make sure you check out the video. What’s better than watching a man get beat up, interrogated and then going revolting? Nothing. Well, maybe watching two hot tattooed chicks wrestling in Jello…. Um. What was I talking about again? “Crash Me” was followed by “Hope”, “Inject” and “Need”. The boys then played “Point and Click” which is my TOP loved CHANT song. I screamed and started dancing like a crazy fool. If my ears heard right Bradley extended the song, and played around with the drums on it a little. It was amazing. They closed it all up with “Blood and Peace”. I have to say I really enjoyed the show. I’m glad Kristopher is now a live element to the show as well. Please go see them. They put on an amazing live show, and will NOT disappoint.
Well, J and I headed outside during all the fetish performances. While they are not my thing, and our website is all about the MUSIC, I have seen most of the performers before and would like to give them the credit they are due. There were Erotic performances by Lana Tourniquet, Jane Jett, Dungeon Corp & LifeSuspended. I have seen LifeSuspended quite a few times and they are stunning to see. We were inside for the Catwalk Fashion Show by MissConstrued Boutique & Vital Vein, and it was nice to see all the lovely ladies in spectacular clothing!
J and I headed in about five minutes before Hex-RX took the stage and staked a claim on a spot upfront. I have an disturbing obsession with “X” by the boy, and my need for more shows was started when I saw them play in Tuscon, AZ and at our local Infamous *Sadisco night last year. They put on one “killer” show. Well, this one was far better. The boys had a bigger stage, more outfits and more sexy boys onstage. WIN! Roger rolled out in this white lucha mask and took his position behind the synths. Then the lights dropped onstage and the backdrop lit up. Squalor’s shadow could be seen behind the semi-sheer backdrop twitching and writhing in beat to the music. Squalor’s look is truly beautiful. A filthy distorted mess of ripped fabric, elaborately made stage props and dirt. Pure Utter Filth. It’s fantastic. I hate to compare him to Ogre, but frankly that what he reminds me of. I love it.
Anywho!!! Daemon Noir took the stage for “Pure Evil” which is my FAVORITE song off “X”. “Noise and the bass loud in your face The hurt that I bring makes you scream”.. What isn’t there to like? Now Daemon was performing with an injury and I have to say he did a phenomenal job, Stomping around the stage, head twitching and eyes glaring. I had no clue until I saw on the face book page the next day! “Brain Basher” was up next and Squalor mad his first appearance on stage, and so did his first outfit. An apron of sorts, destroyed and covered in blood, and this fucked up face mask. It was aaammmaazing. Daemon took the stage again for “Detonator” and “Murder”. “Serial Hex Addict” followed and so did another of Squalor’s outfits. This one a cod piece contraption with a skirt, mismatched boots and caution tape.
Enough about the clothes for now though. Squalor’s performance is something to be seen. Flailing around like a crazed lunatic, writhing, screaming and stomping around the stage. It’s like watching a ballet for the demented. I could watch him for hours. Daemon took the stage again for “Shreds” and “Ashamed”. Squalor took the stage for “Crawler”. While this is not my favorite song, it is by far my favorite outfit. Codpiece, mask with buttons for eyes, leg gear. I don’t even know how to describe it! The best part of the outfit is the back piece. A cross of sorts with a Hex-RX banner, wire and metal. I love it! Daemon took the stage once more for “Eviscerate” and “Red Song” (which is a favorite of mine) and then the first few beats of “Living on Video” started. “Living on Video” was originally recorded by “Trans-X”, but the HEX cover is by far my favorite. Squalor’s outfit for this one featured his signature pig nose, assless codpiece and arm gear. This is also when all the sexy men took the stage, rigged up and suspended some TV’s and “murdered” a guy. All in days work you know. I can’t even begin to describe how awesome this song was Visually. The TV’s were suspended above the stage, and streamers of film spun out of control from underneath them. Squalor was all over the stage, and ended up on a metal cart wielding a knife and swinging the TV’s around all while the other men ran around killing things and pushing Squalor around. It was chaos, and it was beautiful. Next was “Twist the Blade” and the it was time for the boys closed it all out with “Dominate”, which is another of my favorites. Daemon usually sings this song, and he did, but he disappeared for it and let Squalor prance around on stage, and growl some of the words. Squalor came up and shoved his face in mine for this song, and I found out from him after the show he actually wanted to lick my face, but didn’t as his tongue and mouth was covered in black goop. I wouldn’t have minded at all Squalor. Haha!
If you haven’t figured out now, Hex-RX is not just music, it’s all about visual stimulation. They put on a fantastic show and frankly, not matter how many times they come back to Arizona I will see them. I could never be bored at a Hex-RX show.