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 a guitar driven heavy metal band from Chicago known for their energetic live performances. HESSLER has globally put out four releases and seven music videos without a label or support from outside forces. They have toured the U.S. & Canada, performed with an array of major acts, and are the subject of a documentary that has won film awards in numerous festivals.

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 embarked on their first U.S. tour in support. 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 and the Pacific Northwest.

In 2015 the band went into a hiatus to rebuild and write new music. In November of 2016, the band put out its latest released titled ‘Skeleton Crew’, which was 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 on January 22, 2019. The band is currently recording a new full length with plans to tour in support of the upcoming release.

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.

Photo (c) Steve Hurta Photography


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


Top Photo by @Zhsare Photovisions

Middle Photo by @ Steve Hurta – Let It Roar Photography

Band Photo by @ Tak Wind