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The Reverend Benjamin Samedi formed Nightmare Sonata in 2004 out of the broken remnants of Greensboro, NC’s Gothic-Industrial and Punk rock scenes for the sole purpose of attracting sexual partners and venting his STD induced rage. The original line up consisted of a lap top computer and a mannequin he stole from a local Hot Topic, brought to life with magical voodoo hair spray, and taught to play keyboards. After divorcing his first ex wife and contracting what has only been referred to as "Rock 'N' Roll Herpes", Benjamin Samedi as ordained as a Reverend in the Universalist Life Church. He decided to reformat Nightmare Sonata with new members. It was at this time that he taught himself to sing and play guitar so he could compose the second half of Nightmare Sonata's catalogue.
Nightmare Sonata has become known in the region for an intense and often graphic stage presence coupled with a dark and heavy sound. The band has toured extensively throughout the Southeast region and became an act to catch live due to the heavy grooves, Samedi’s melodic vocals (rare for punk) as well as the horror-themed theatrics. Nightmare Sonata takes pride in being the worlds only voodoo-horror-punk band.