Des Moines has maintained an impressively long-standing tradition of metal music stretching back as far as the early 90’s. But things were different then, and in our modern era when live music is inextricably linked to its own online presence, it can be hard to break through the noise.

Enter Green Death. The Des Moines five-piece has already had an astounding year surrounding the EMP Label Group release of their sophomore album, Manufacturing Evil.

The album has been praised for its far-reaching take on the many different corners of the metal genre. Combining elements of the more polished trends of power metal with the loose, raw nature of thrash, the album was featured in the premiere metal publication, Decibel Magazine, and eventually reached #1 on the Amazon metal charts.

Now, Green Death is following an April US tour in support of the album with the one-two punch of festival appearances at this year’s Gross Domestic Product and 80/35 Music Festival. Considering the year isn’t even half over yet, 2016 is poised to be the year of Green Death.

By Trey Reis of 
DSM Shows

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See Green Death at Gross Domestic Product on Saturday, May 28 at Wooly’s (504 E Locust) at 10:00 pm.

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GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Gross Domestic Product 2016 is made possible with the support of Traveler Beer CompanyTallgrass Brewing CompanyGreater Des Moines PartnershipBravo Greater Des MoinesGuitar CenterHy-VeeThe Blazing SaddleSaturday Mfg.VolunteerLocalWooly’sDSM Shows, and KFMG 98.9 FM.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 11th annual Gross Domestic Product will take place on May 28th, 2016 at venues around the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa! See the full line-up and details here. Gross Domestic Product highlights some of the original songwriters, performers, and recording artists in our community who make Iowa proud! GDP focuses primarily on young, new artists, those who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way. Each year we highlight a selection of new artists that our community has to offer, along with a few established groups that have had success building careers while living and working in the state we call home.

Established in spring 2006, GDP has featured over 100 musical acts, including House of Large Sizes, The Envy Corps, The Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered, Mumford’s, Facecage, and many more.

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