With the same name as a BDSM themed book about a female cop and a scary religious cult, the name of our kinky dating site Church of Chains review may sound familiar. This fetish site paints itself as a club, a place to explore your fetishes through music, video and art as well as finding the kinky play partner of your dreams.

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The entry page is quite businesslike: in black, with a lot of text, profile pictures and a featured member to hit your sweet spot. It’s less hardcore than other kinky dating sites, with a focus on lifestyles at the periphery of genuine BDSM. Punks, Goths and steam punk lovers are all named checked, along with fashion, alternative culture and gender bending. At first sight, it seems this is more a place for the faint of heart than those who regularly swagger around in their bad girl catsuit. The process of signing up takes a few minutes to complete, they want to know what you like in the sack, your sexual orientation, your fetishes, kinks and more. If you’re into making music, or you’re an alternative model there’s a box for that, along with your favourite book, sport and inspirational people—where most dominatrix seem to write ‘myself’. Your stats are mandatory and there’s no entry until you've mentioned your job and salary. Once inside you are able to visit every profile, area, and photo that sparks your curiosity, no membership fees or upgrades are mentioned.

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Privacy trumps


Reassuringly, they are careful to flag up privacy and online safety; you have to check a box agreeing that you are aware of these issues before entering. It’s not like this lessens the potential risk, but members do signup with an awareness of their personal safety online which is never a bad thing.

Having looked around the various groups in writing this kinky dating site Church of Chains review, in the forum, blogs and comments, there seems to be a hardcore of regular members who participate in each. Though most seem to be submissive males and dominant mistresses, which sounds like good fun. Efforts have been made to launch more inclusive conversations and organise events, but from the comments, it seems most of these haven’t worked out.

Still building their community


A huge amount of groups are based on location, which is always exciting because you get to see who’s local. New York City is taking off with 31 members, but London has just 5 and one of those is the admin. Groups based on lifestyle interest are always an excellent way of sharing experiences, or transforming yourself into something more exotic with the expert guidance of others. On Church of Chains, interest groups include ‘Halloween’, ‘Tattoos’, ‘Story Writing’ and ‘Pain’. Sadly, joining doesn't bring you any action, as there isn't much chat here at all or at least there wasn't while I was writing this Church of Chains Review.

Once you’re in, the dashboard on your profile page displays your notifications, links to the sites various areas and a message encouraging you to participate. Navigation is easy and finding a play partner in your local area or another city is straightforward – as far as the search options go.

If you’re looking for offline or online interaction, the community spirit on Church of Chains is uninspired and away from the profiles, it’s heavily commercial. There is a major focus on professional mistresses and financial domination, with thinly veiled adverts for professional services on many of the forums and even some membership profiles. You can also link out your profile to a personal webpage, which further facilitates the provision of escort or cam work.

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Genuine content vs spam


The blog area is overrun by spam for payday loans, links to cam girls and adverts for big fetish parties in LA, though older posts are mostly personal and include kinky stories or comments. The administrators claim they have 200 items a day to delete, but there needs to be more dedicated curation to wipe out the reams of junk.

It’s hard to get away from the feeling that Church of Chains is veering toward the escort area of BDSM at the expense of community. Mistressl is a major player on the site, her profile is the featured member on the front page, she posted eight of the 12 available videos and she has a prominent blurb where she scouts for subs on the sites entry page. Members are encouraged to follow the links to her website, where she recruits subs to run errands and buy her gifts. It may be scintillating for some, but if you’re looking for some play without having to pay, try elsewhere.

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