Dorje (band)

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Also known asThe Rob Chapman Band (2012)
OriginGuildford, England
Years active2012–2021
Past members
  • Ben Minal

Dorje were 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] After a chance meeting in a bar, Chapman asked Massaad to join the band he was forming. Subsequently Hollingworth and Minal were brought on board, forming The Rob Chapman Band. The band eventually began to focus less on Chapman's solo compositions, and a new name was chosen: Dorje. Their debut EP, Primordial Audio Chronicle: Volume One, was released on 14 October 2012,[2] and their first UK tour sold out.


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.[3] This was supported by the Catalyst tour of the United Kingdom.

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


Dorje have been on an unofficial hiatus whilst members have focused on other musical projects since mid-2016, it is currently unknown if they plan to return. In October 2020 the band released a statement that drummer Ben Minal had left Dorje.[4] Rob Chapman has officially written a statement that Dorje has been disbanded as of 16/12/2021.


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


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


  • Rob Chapman – lead vocals, guitars (2012–2021)
  • Rabea Massaad – guitars, backing vocals (2012–2021)
  • Dave Hollingworth – bass (2012–2021)
  • Ben Minal – drums (2012–2020)

Musical style[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "Bloody Disgusting – Dorje". 3 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Spirit of Metal – Dorje".
  3. ^ a b c d "Rock n Reel – Catalyst".
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "That's Rocking Awesome – Flower of Life". 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Bring The Noise – Catalyst".
  7. ^ a b "Musipedia of Metal – Catalyst". 29 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "One Metal – Catalyst". Archived from the original on 11 July 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "Metal Temple – Catalyst".