Sound — 10
Grimfist is one of the unsung brutal powerhouses of metal you don't hear enough about but should. A death/black/thrash hybrid metal band from Oslo, Grimfist is aggressive and dirty. 10 Steps to Hell has all the hard riffing from Ghouls of Grandeur plus clean vocals, improved song structures, intros, interludes, and overall higher quality musicianship. They're better in every way than they were before.
Lyrics — 9
Once again Grimfist has a bone (or several) to pick with organized religion, while remaining poetically cryptic, per track, about what that is exactly. The first track, The Power, is lyrically basic, however, with nothing to say about Christianity and everything about getting the listener/reader riled up. A typical devil horns track. Frediablo's vocal performance is an impressive development from the previous album, in which the clean sections are minimal. His singing shows real talent, putting him a par above many black/death singers.
Overall Impression — 10
Grimfist has a style all its own, and yet, you wonder why there aren't already a dozen bands just like this. That's probably because 10 Steps to Hell is the Kind of metal album most black/thrash bands spend years trying to produce but never quite achieve. As a sequel to Ghouls of Grandeur this album exceeds all expectations. I laughed twice while listening to this because I was so surprised at how relentlessly good it was. Every track has something to add; it's experimental in comparison to Ghouls, which is essentially 10 brutal tracks, 4 or 5 of which you find more brutal than the others. 10 Steps really puts a different kind of quality into every song while retaining the style of music.