It stands to reason that Croatia, a place that has seen a great deal of war and chaos, could produce some truly intense music. And over the weekend, Ponor, a hardcore band from Zagreb, released their sophomore album Prah I Pepeo. The LP, which comes four years after their debut Ovo Je Kraj, is a piece of brutal, cathartic stomp-crunch hardcore, recorded with merciless clarity, with more than a few nods toward metal. It sounds sort of like Integrity and sort of like having a cinderblock broken over your head. I recommend it.