HESSLER, under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions, must through vicious determination execute their mission by any means necessary so as to set them apart and above other units in the same war.

HESSLER is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, IL. Known for their energetic live performances, the band has made a mark in the metal and rock scenes through consistent promotion and touring. HESSLER have put out four releases, six music videos, toured the U.S. & Canada, performed with an array of national and international acts, and are the subject of a documentary which has premiered in numerous festivals around the globe winning awards along the way. All of the band’s accomplishments have been achieved without a label or financial support from outside forces.

Formed in 2008 by vocalist/guitarist Igz Kincaid, HESSLER built a following in the Chicago music scene through growing performances and relentless promotion.  Their first release, “Bad Blood”, came out in April of 2011 and the band played regional and national performances in support, including SXSW & Rocklahoma, which shaped the band for their first full-length album “Comes With the Territory”. After the album release on November 27, 2012, the band embarked on their first U.S. tour in support. A return to SXSW 2013 kicked off a new month long U.S. Tour followed by a return performance at Rocklahoma w/ Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, Korn, and many more. HESSLER provided music for the first documentary on legendary wrestler “The Dynamite Kid” Tom Billington.  The band was vodted the “Best Metal Band” by the people of Chicago and released a new video through Revolver Magazine in the summer of 2013.

HESSLER completed a 25 show coast-to-coast U.S. to close out the year and started 2014 off with the release of a new single which was followed by an east coast tour.  On June 10, 2014 HESSLER released a new E.P. titled ‘Ghost Dance’. The E.P. captured an evolving band sharpened by aggressive live performances. The summer of 2014 was comprised of a 36 date tour, which included their first performances in the Pacific Northwest and six dates in Canada.

At the beginning of 2015 the band went into a hiatus to rebuild, write new music, and evolve as a musical power. In October of 2016 the band released the single ‘Killing Machine’ to promote the band’s fourth release ‘Skeleton Crew’, which was released on November 3, 2016.  The band has filmed two new music videos in support of ‘Skeleton Crew’ and released the first video for ‘Killing Machine’ on 3/16/17. A music video for the second single “Intruder” was released on 7/20/17.  HESSLER will be touring in 2017 in support of the new release and plan to bring their high energy heavy metal overseas before the end of the year.

HESSLER have performed multiple times at SXSW and Rocklahoma, Summerfest, and shared the stage with Slash, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Steel Panther, W.A.S.P., Sebastian Bach, RATT, Mushroomhead, U.F.O., Michael Schenker, Cinderella, Loudness, Doro Pesch, U.D.O., Skid Row, Hammerfall, L.A. Guns, D-A-D., John 5, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Sister Sin, Crashdiet, Otep, Butcher Babies, Wednesday 13, The Last Vegas, Delain and many more.

Photo (c) Steve Hurta Photography


Igz Kincaid – Lead Vocals & Guitars


Erik Michael – Guitars & Backing Vocals

Adam Arling – Bass Guitars & Backing Vocals (Touring)
Igz Kincaid – Lead Vocals & Guitars
Nathan Arling – Drums (Touring)
Erik Michael – Guitars & Backing Vocals


Studio Photos by Geraldine Rodriguez at http://www.geraldinerodriguez.com

Live Photo by Steve Hurta Photography