Velesar is a Polish folk metal band formed in 2018 by Marcin Velesar Wieczorek – former vocalist of the bands Goddess of Sin (2001-2007) and Radogost (2010-2014), as well as the founder of the band River of Time (since 2014). He was born out of a fascination with Slavic culture and history and a passion for both metal and folk music. The main inspirations are drawn from Slavic mythology, ancient beliefs and rituals, but also fairy tales and legends that are remnants of the rich cultural heritage of the ancient Slavs. On 6 July 2019, during the VII Slavic Folk-Metal Night in Brenna, the premiere of Velesar’s first album Dziwadła took place. Musicians from such bands as Percival Schuttenbach, Helroth, Radogost and River of Time, among others, took part in its recording. The album was ranked 3rd in the Best Debut of 2019 category by the Dutch portal Folk-metal.nl, and also took 3rd place in Folkmetal.pl’s poll for the Best Folk Metal Album of 2019. It was also nominated for the 2019 Virtual Goosebumps Award, eventually taking 6th place (out of 72 albums taking part in the poll).