Rolling Stone - 12/2/70, p.54
"...The tension which charecterized some of Steppenwolf's more popular material is missing..."
Steppenwolf: Goldie McJohn (keyboards); George Biondo (bass guitar); Jerry Edmunton (drums, background vocals); John Kay, Larry Byrom.
Personnel: John Kay (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Larry Byrom (guitar, background vocals); George Biondo (background vocals).
Photographer: Tom Gundelfinger.
1970's SEVEN, the mysteriously titled fifth Steppenwolf album overall, sees the group's return to the good-old heavy metal direction. 1969's MONSTER, an album that explored more serious social topics, proved to be an experimental side-step.
Steppenwolf gets back to basics on such Spinal Tap-esque titles as the funk rocker "Ball Crusher" and the instrumental "Earschplittenloudenboomer." With "Snowblind Friend," the band revisits the cautionary drug tale originally laid down in their '60s anthem "The Pusher." The most lyrically interesting track on the album is definitely "Renegade," in which Steppenwolf singer/leader John Kay tells the autobiographical tale of how he and his family fled Nazi Germany during World War II.