As rain drizzled and temperatures plunged on Monday night (by Houston standards, anyway), the brave few of us who ventured out into the cold found comfort by clustering around the fire. High on Fire, to be exact -- the Oakland stoner-metal trio led by Matt Pike, a man who looks like he's sweated through icier winters than this.
Naturally, they weren't traveling alone on their trek south. Norwegian rock and roll animals Kvelertak were along for the ride as well, probably wondering what the big deal was about a little rain and temps in the high 30s. Before their shirtless insanity could begin, however, the tough task of warming up the shivering crowd fell to Austin's Pack of Wolves.
The band certainly brought enough equipment to handle to job, packing three guitars and two basses onto the suddenly crowded House of Blues stage. Pack of Wolves quickly put all those strings in motion churning out evil harmonies in service to their blackened thrash sound. The crowd was just beginning to fill in during their set, but the sextet won over the early arrivals with heavy grooves and scattered blast beats.