HESSLER is an American heavy metal band known for their energetic live performances. HESSLER has globally released four LP/EPs and seven music videos without a label or support from outside forces. They have extensively toured North America, performed with an array of major acts, and are the subject of a documentary that has won film awards in film festivals across the world.

Formed in 2008 by vocalist/guitarist Igz Kincaid, HESSLER built a following in the Chicago music scene through consistent performances and heavy promotion. The first release, titled ‘Bad Blood’ was put out in 2011 and the band performed nationally in support including at SXSW & Rocklahoma.

HESSLER released their first full-length album “Comes With the Territory” in November of 2012 and toured the U.S.  A return to SXSW 2013 kicked off a month long U.S. tour ending in a return performance at Rocklahoma 2013. In the summer of 2013, the band was voted the “Best Metal Band” by the people of Chicago. The release of a new EP titled ‘Ghost Dance’ in June of 2014 was followed by a North American tour inclusive of the band’s first performances in Canada.

The band spent 2015 writing new music. ‘Skeleton Crew” was released in 2016 and supported by live performances and two music videos.  A new single/video titled “Akira” was released on March 16, 2018, followed by another single “This Evil” on June 18, 2018. A cover of Golden Earring’s Twilight Zone was released in 2019.

Delayed by the Covid19 Pandemic, a new full length titled “When the Sky Is Black” was released on 1.1.21 with a 1.11.21. video release for a cover of The Misfits “London Dungeon.”  As the world awaits the return of live performances,  the band will release a vinyl version of the new LP.

HESSLER has shared the stage with Slash, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Steel Panther, W.A.S.P., Sebastian Bach, DORO, Michael Schenker, RATT, U.F.O., Cinderella, Loudness, U.D.O., Skid Row, Dirkschneider, 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.


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

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

Top Photo by @Zhsare Photovisions

Admat Photos by @ Tak Wind

Bottom by @ Steve Hurta – Let It Roar Photography