Dorje (band)

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Also known asThe Rob Chapman Band (2012)
OriginGuildford, England
Years active2012-Present

Dorje are an English rock band formed in 2012 under the name The Rob Chapman Band, however soon changed their name to Dorje. It was founded by Rob Chapman, Rabea Massaad, Dave Hollingworth and Ben Minal.


2007-2012: Formative Years, Primordial Audio Chronicle[edit]

Prior to Dorje Massaad, Hollingworth and Minal were members of Nu Metal band ChasinJade[1][2] until the band broke up after many years.[1] After a chance meeting between Chapman and Massaad in a bar, Chapman asked Massaad to join the band he was forming. Subsequently Hollingworth and Minal were brought on board, and begun playing shows under the name The Rob Chapman Band.[1]

The band eventually began to focus less on Chapman's solo compositions, and a new name for the group was chosen, Dorje.[1] Their debut EP, Primordial Audio Chronicle: Volume One, was released on 14 October 2012,[3] and their first UK tour sold out.[1]


Dorje released their first single "White Dove" from the EP Catalyst on 6 August 2015, which was followed by their EP Catalyst on 6 November 2015.[4] This was supported by the Catalyst tour, in which the band toured the United Kingdom.

On 14 October 2016 Dorje released the Centred and One EP.


Title Album details Type
Primordial Audio Chronicle: Volume One [1]
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Self-Released
Catalyst [1]
  • Released: 6 November 2015
  • Label: Self-Released
Centered And One[5]
  • Released: 14 October 2016
  • Label: Self-Released


Title Details
White Dove [1]
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Self-Released
Flower of Life[5]
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Self-Released


Current line-up[edit]

  • Rob Chapman - lead vocals, guitars (2012–present)
  • Rabea Massaad - guitars, backing vocals (2012–present)
  • Dave Hollingworth - bass (2012–present)
  • Ben Minal - drums (2012–present)

Musical style[edit]

Dorje have been called progressive metal,[4][6][7][8] progressive rock,[4][6][7][8] alternative metal,[3][9] blues rock[1][4][9] and hard rock,[1][8] additionally they have been compared to the likes of Audioslave,[2] Tool,[9] Alter Bridge[9] and Pink Floyd.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Last FM - Dorje".
  2. ^ a b "Bloody Disgusting - Dorje".
  3. ^ a b "Spirit of Metal - Dorje".
  4. ^ a b c d "Rock n Reel - Catalyst".
  5. ^ a b "That's Rocking Awesome - Flower of Life".
  6. ^ a b "Bring The Noise - Catalyst".
  7. ^ a b c "Musipedia of Metal - Catalyst".
  8. ^ a b c "One Metal - Catalyst".
  9. ^ a b c d "Metal Temple - Catalyst".