The Kut are a bit of an enigma in the music world. They play a mix of music that spans, rock, punk and grunge and manage to do it in a way that gives you the feeling that they have the potential to explode on the scene at any time. This first full album from the band features songs which are a mix of previously released and new material. Ordinarily this might seem a bit of a drawback because often a band’s earlier work is weaker. Here though there’s no such issue. Princess Maha’s writing is the lynchpin that makes The Kut such a force to be reckoned with. From first track to last Valley Of Thorns proves that there are still creative song smiths out there unafraid to commit to taking a fresh approach. There are many twists and turns on this record where stability and continuity are dealt with by the skill of the musicians. You also have to praise the production too where you might think this is a record being put out by a major label. It’s slick but not so much that it takes the shine off the music. The Kut have been around for a little while now, developing and evolving. This album could be the launch pad for something truly wonderful.