is a death metal band founded in 2014 at MAP School during a music therapy incubator program created by Moms Against Poverty (MAP), under the guidance of Swiss social worker, Timon Seibel, program director for MAP Cambodia. The boys that comprise the band were previously raised in a MAP orphanage then educated at MAP’s school in the small village Prek Lvea a half hour ride away from Phnom Penh, the capitol of Cambodia.
Before Doch Chkae’s birth. Theara Ouch, Vichey Sok and Hing Ouch were extremely difficult children with overt stress, angst, and significant childhood trauma histories. Due to their extreme behavior Mr. Seibel was prompted to dwell on music as a form of mitigating their aggression.
In 2016, Mr. Seibel decided to introduce the boys to extreme metal at one of the rare metal concerts in Cambodia. This was a lightbulb moment for Theara Ouch, Vichey Sok and Hing Ouch.
Utterly oblivious to the musical stylings of metal, the now members of Doch Chkae were bedazzled by the performance of Sliten6ix, and the troubled teenagers immediately took proactive interest in metal. This led to a music incubator program created in collaboration with MAP COO and co-founder Ladan Judge.
“These ex-orphan alums of the MAP music incubator program are a living symbol of MAPs paradigm of empowering children to lead within their own community, as they grow in fame, performing at Wacken Festival in Germany last summer alongside Slayer and Anthrax,” says MAP COO and Co-founder Ladan Judge. They have plans to open a music school, and are beginning to teach music workshops at MAP Media Academy which also provides vocational training programs for sound production, videography, social media & marketing classes.

Thereafter, the concoction of Doch Chkae began. They have been one of the key bands in the Cambodian metal scene. They also released the very first metal music video song in Khmer and has been also the first Cambodian band to ever invited to play at Wacken Open Air, one of the biggest metal festivals in the globe.

Vocals: Ouch Theara
Guitar: Sok Vichey
Drums: Ouch Hing
Bass: Sochetra Pic

I am crazy like a dog like a dog is rabies crazy
I really hate my fucking life so really fucking hateful much
I like to be a fucking crazy dog
because than you’re starving poor without anything
I am crazy and I hate the crazy dogs
and I’d like to be so fucking crazy cool
I am crazy for my family and I am crazy for all my friends
I am sick of being crazy and I am sick to be crazy
and I am sick of my life that I live to die

Translation lyrics of “Chkout Doch Chkae”