Velesar is a Polish folk metal band founded in 2018 in Cieszyn (initially as a solo project) by Marcin Velesar Wieczorek – a former vocalist of bands Goddess of Sin (2001-2007) and Radogost (2010-2014) and creator of band River of Time (from 2014). The band was born out of fascination with Slavic culture and history as well as passion for metal and folk music. The main inspirations come from Slavic mythology, ancient beliefs and rituals but also fairy tales and legends that are a remnant of the rich cultural heritage of the Slavs.
On July 6, 2019, the first Velesar's album "Dziwadła" was premiered. The album was recorded with participation of musicians from such bands as: Percival Schuttenbach, Helroth, Radogost and River of Time. The album was ranked on 3rd place in category "Best Debut-Album 2019" by the Dutch portal Folk-metal.nl and also took 3rd place in plebiscite on "Best Folk Metal Album 2019" in the Polish portal Folkmetal.pl. He was also nominated for Wirtualne Gęśle 2019 Award. The band's second album, entitled "Szczodre Gody", was released in 2021.
Marcin Velesar Wieczorek - a Polish vocalist, guitarist, composer and songwriter. He has been inextricably connected with music since 1990. In 2001, he founded a metal band Goddess of Sin in Rybnik, with which he performed until 2007. In meantime, he participated in several other music projects, not related to metal music. In 2010 he joined as a vocalist to polish folk metal band Radogost (one of the precursors of folk metal music in Poland), with which he toured in Poland and abroad until 2014. Then, in March 2014, he founded the metal band River of Time, whose debut album "Revival" was released on September 1, 2017 under aegis of the Art of the Night Productions label.
At the beginning of 2018, he announced his return to the folk metal scene bringing to life a solo project Velesar which quickly became a full-fledged band. Velesar's first album, entitled "Dziwadła", was released in 2019. The premiere of the second album - "Szczodre Gody" - took place in 2021.
Marcin Froncek Frąckowiak (rhythm guitar)
Adam Kłosek (bass)
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