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Shock Tilt (Fin / Swe)

Shock Tilt (Fin / Swe)
Band Info
Heavy / Melodic Metal
Sweden (

Vaasa (Fin), Stockholm

1984 - present
Photos / Videos
Official Website
Pär "Nick Tilt / Pärre" Häggblom (1984 - present) - Vocals, Guitar (Ratz, Westcoast, Central Heat, The Stuff, MLB, Who Knows,  Astral Pirates)

Rolf "Rallo Nity" Häggblom (1984 - present) - Bass (Exom, Ratz, Westcoast, Central Heat, The Stuff, MLB, Who Knows,  Astral Pirates)

Jonny "Mellis" Reinholm (1989 - present) - Guitar (Mercy, Wisdom, Jay and Jay, Thore Skogman, Highlights, The Stuff)

Ralph "Ralf Raideen" Rydén (2006 - 2009) - Drums (Mercy, Spin Air, Hexenhaus, Lizard Eye, Keegan, Hydrogen)

Past Vocalists
Conny Lind (1990 - 1992?) - Vocals (Tryckvåg, Lion's Share, Motherlode, Iron Fist, Unit-X, Vision (Fin), Trezpass, Odessa, Sin City, Mud & Blood, Hang 'Em High, Raceway, Electric Savage, Eddie Meduza, Rednex, Great King Rat, Amaze Me, State of Mind, Talk of the Town, Boogie Machine, Boys Are Back, Harmonica Henry, History of Rock, Jeff Paris, Sqrammel, Tommy Denander, RC/DC, Van Häljen, Thunder 'n Blues, S 'n R Boys)

Past Guitarists
Jukka Tolonen (2000 - 2000) - Guitar (Tasavallan Presidentti, Jukka Tolonen, Indians for Justice)

Fredrik "Kulle" Åkesson (1989 - 1990) - Guitars (One Cent, Krux, Opeth, Southpaw, John Norum, Talisman, Arch Enemy, Sabbtail, Tiamat, Jupiter Society, Clockwise)

Stefan "Färnis" Fernqvist  (1988 - 1988) - Guitar

René "Renne" Lintunen (1988 - 1988) - Guitar

John "Easy" Isaksson (1988 - 1988) - Guitar (Horse of Troja)

Jonny "Wravler" Wickman (1988 - 1988) - Guitar (Space Dust)

Roger "Kåken" Eklöv (1986-1986) - Guitar

Lars "Lasse/Gammel Lars" Johansson (1986 - 1986) - Guitar (Macbeth, Candlemass, Zoic, Hexagaon, Tarmac, Creozoth, FAT.MO.MAC, Denied (guest), Snowy Shaw (guest), The Project Hate MCMXCIX (guest))

Hannu "Jess Border" Rajala (1985 - 1987) - Guitar (White Houze, Turbulence) R.I.P. 1987 (Murdered)

Past Drummers
Inge Tillberg (2003 - 2003) - Drums (Tejp, Sky High, Who Knows)

Mattias "Stafen" Staf (1994 - 1994) - Drums (Bulldog)

Henrik "Hempo" Hildén (1989 - 1990) - Drums (Ball, Trash, Jaguar, Gunfire (guest), Baltimoore, John Norum, Don Dokken, Glenn Hughes, Midnight Sun, Sarek, Splash, Why?, Blomman,  Thommie Fransson, Jansson & Sjöberg, Pugh Rogefeldt, King Siguurd)

Thomas "Hulken" Hultmark (1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1994, 2010) - Drums (Yngwie Malmsteen, Jukka Tolonen, The Stuff)

Pertti Tikkanen (1988 - 1988) - Drums (Horse of Troja, Dirty Injection)

Thomas Haukilahti (1988-1988) - Drums (Fortune, De Södervisa (guest))

Hans "Hasse / Lee Green" Montin (1985 - 1988) - Drums (White Houze, Turbulence)

Matz "Mattan" Rosendal - Drums

Putte "Ozzy" Jansson (1986 - 1986) - Drums (Wild Force) R.I.P. 1996 (Cancer)

Special Guests
Mathias Löfstedt - Guest Vocals

Ralf Nylund - Shock Tilt's Artworks (Space Dust)
Official Bio (
SHOCK TILT was born out of the seventies rock metal band EXPLOSION. The band was formed by Rolf Häggblom and Per Häggblom in November 1984. The Häggblom brothers originated from CENTRAL HEART, a westcoast power house band from Vasa, Finland who was making a name from themselves. Shortly later Hasse Montin could be seen behind the drums. A few months later the guitarist Hannu Rajala joined the band.

In the spring of 1985 Shock Tilt released a MLP called Night-Fight, with six tracks. About 250 copies of the album was printed and released. On the back cover of the vinyl you can read the “artist”-names of the band members: “Lee Green” – Drums (Hans Montin), “Rallo Nity” – Bass (Rolf Häggblom), “Nick Tilt” – Guitar and vocals (Per Häggblom), “Jess Border” – Lead Guitar (Hannu Rajala)

These names were used only on this first album, the band then dropped the “artist names” and used their real instead. They established themselves as one of the premiere rockmetal bands of their time in Finland.

SHOCK TILT  moved to Stockholm, Sweden in August 1986

Bio (from MusicMight)
SHOCK TILT is a Vaasa based Hard Rock outfit formed during 1984. The original formation involved vocalist / guitarist Pär Häggblom, bassist Rolf Häggblom, both former members of CENTRAL HEAT, guitarist Hannu Rajala, joining in April 1985, and drummer Hasse Montin, both previously of TURBULENCE and WHITE HOUZE. Tilt Records issued the EP 'Night-Fight' the following year. Only 250 copies were distributed with the band members credited as 'Nick Tilt' (Pär Häggblom), 'Rallo Nity' (Rolf Häggblom), 'Jess Border' (Rajala) and 'Lee Green' (Montin). Briefly, in June 1986, Putte Jansson of WILD FORCE manned the drums.

The group relocated to Sweden in August 1986. The new look band featured guitarist Lars Johansson, subsequently to opt out in order to join CANDLEMASS.

Tragedy hit the band when guitarist Hannu Rajala was murdered. SHOCK TILT had answered an advert in the Gula Tidningen newspaper from Swedish band manager Anders Carlsson, who had arranged a trip to Germany on 26th November 1987, apparently to meet with Noise Records in Berlin. Rajala was asked to accompany Carlsson. The guitarist's corpse was found on 27th January 1988. Carlsson claimed he had left Rajala in Copenhagen but police determined he had met his death at Carlsson's apartment in Vällingby on 27th November 1987. Forensic evidence determined the musician had been subdued with ether, sexually molested, killed then dismembered.

Montin exited during 1988. Drums would then be in the hands of Thomas Haukilahti. Swedish musician Stefan Fernqvist took on guitar duties for a 1988 Finnish tour. That same year Rene Lintunen joined the band on guitar, but left shortly afterwards, as did guitar player John Isaksson.

SHOCK TILT released the 7" vinyl single 'Heaven Calls' on the Top label in 1989. On drums would be the YNGWIE MALMSTEEN credited Tomas Hultmark. The group then enrolled the 17 year old guitarist Fredrik Åkesson in 1990. His tenure was brief, Åkesson going on to find a higher profile with ARCH ENEMY and TALISMAN. Hultmark exited the following year, being replaced by the journeyman figure of Hempo Hilden for the 'Shock 'n Roll' tour, but returned in 1991.

SHOCK TILT participated in the compilation album 'Coming Up' in 1993 with the tracks 'Heaven Calls' and 'I Need Love'. These songs had been recorded during 1990 with Conny Lind of GREAT KING RAT on lead vocals. Tomas Hultmark stood down again for a second time in 1994. The band also contributed their version of 'Crazy Train' to a 1998 OZZY OSBOURNE tribute album 'Ozzified' -98.

SHOCK TILT reformed in 2006, citing a membership of vocalist / guitarist Pär Häggblom, guitarist Jonny Mellis Reinholm, bassist Rolf Häggblom plus the KEEGAN, MERCY, HEXENHAUS and HYDROGEN credited Ralph Rydén on drums.
Jonny "Mellis" Reinholm Interview (Web Metal Magazine 2006)
Hello Jonny, how are you doing?
I can't complain...

Cool! Ready for a small talk?
I sure am.

Ok. Let's start from the beginning... Your first LP "Night Fight" was out in 1985. For how long did you work on material for it?
It took about three months from scratch to vinyl.

And when was Shock Tilt actually formed?
The band started as a trio in November 1984. Per Häggblom (Nick Tilt), Rolf Häggblom (Rallo Nity) and Hasse Montin (Lee Green). Hannu Rajala (Jess Border) joined the band in the spring 1985.

If I'm not wrong, you weren't one of the founding members?
No, I was not.

How do you remember first days in the band, and how did you join Shock Tilt?
I recall that there was a party at the bands "rehearsal-studio" and a friend of mine took me there. There was a lot of jamming and remember I had a good time, it was fun to play with musicians with the same taste of music. A few days later Rolf Häggblom, the bass player called me and asked me if I wanted to join the band.

Did Shock Tilt record any demo tapes before the "Night Fight"?
They sure did, Rolf gave me a cassette with more than 10 songs to learn.

Why did the band start with a 6-track mini album, instead of doing a full length release?
There were not enough good songs for a full length album at the time…

The debut LP was published on band's own label Tilt Records. How many copies were pressed?
250 to 300 copies.

I would say that "Night Fight" was a perfect mixture of classic metal and hard rock, highly influenced by bands such as  Judas Priest or Black Sabbath... Were there no labels interested in having a deal with the band?
CBS were interested and a German label called Jax-Pax, but some misunderstandings about the distribution halted the process.

How often did Shock Tilt play live concerts back then?
A couple or three gigs per month.

With which bands?
I remember Shock Tilt appeared as a warm-up act for Motörhead at "Fryshuset" in Stockholm.

Why did it take 4 years to record 2nd album "Heaven Calls"? Was the band active during these years?
The band was not active for almost a year after the incident 1987 with the guitarist...

If I'm not wrong, you didn't play on the old band's albums...
No, that's true.

... so how would you compare them as a listener, and as a band member that have to play old classics?
Being a fan of hard rock and heavy metal, I of course liked (and still like) the music so playing the classics is no problem.

I heard some terrible stories about death of Hannu, your first guitarist... What actually happened?
It was late evening on Thursday the 26 November 1987. Hannu took the bus from his job at the Löwenstromska hospital in Upplands Väsby and was in a hurry. The was beginning to get dark when he arrived at Viks gard, where heavy metal band Shock Tilt was hiring a rehearsal local. Their new manager had brought a recording from their latest gig - at "Fryshuset" in Stockholm Where Shock Tilt had played as warm up act for English hard rock band "Motörhead". The manager knew the business well indeed, he had perfect contacts. Now he had plans for a meeting with a German record company; Modern Music NOISE International in Berlin. - Shock Tilt will be known all over Europe, had the manager said. He will travel to Berlin to make PR for the band was the plan. This was big. Therefore Hannu was in a hurry. They were supposed to rehearse before the meeting with the manager. Hannu should accompany as a member of the band. He is the youngest and has best rock star image the manager said aloud, at the studio in Viks Gard, Upplands Väsby when Hannu arrived. A white Mazda Stood parked outside. The manager had rented that and promised to pay all expenses for the PR - trip to Berlin. The band had seen an advertisement in a paper called "Gula Tidningen" where the manager searched for heavy metal bands for gigs and recording. Shock Tilt answered the ad and after a few calls they got confidence for the Swedish manager. - We must leave at once said the manager. Hannu Quickly packed a bag. In the cabinet he left his guitar, his "precious"... What is this guy's first name? Hannu asked and went out the door. These were the last words his friends in the band would ever hear him say... - The manager's name was Anders Carlsson. The time was 19.30 when the car left the Shock tilt studio. Mere days after Carlson and Hannu, "left Sweden" for Germany, the Swedish newspapers are filled with reports of a dismembered, unidentified corpse found in central Sweden. For sixty-one days Anders Carlsson claimed that Hannu Rajala had been riding in his car going south, and then disappeared without a trace soon after arriving at Copenhagen, Denmark...

Dec.10 Rolf Häggblom, bass player in Shock Tilt got a letter from the manager:
"Hi Rolf! I will not come home until I find Hannu, or at least get some sign of life from him. It's impossible to celebrate Christmas unless this situation gets some kind of solution, so I will stay here and keep looking. I have begun search for Hannu in Christiania, but with no luck. I get more worried for him for every day that passes."

Hannu Rajala died November 27th. It was the morning after he and the manager left for Berlin. They only got as far as to "Vällingby" a couple of miles from Upplands Väsby. That is where Hannu Rajala was put to sleep with ether in Anders Carlssons apartment.

January 27th the dismembered body was identified. Only an hour later Anders Carlsson gets arrested for murder in his car in Linköping. There was a direct connection between Hannu Rajala and manager Anders Carlsson. Modern technique enabled the police to secure evidence in Anders Carlssons apartment; How the dead body was cut, molested and humiliated. Carlsson had cleaned the apartment throughout after the murder. He applies strong detergents on floors and walls, in bathroom and points.... He has used all tricks known for that sweep away signs. But he forgot one place. Under the threshold to the lavatory, there was the final proof and argument. - Hannu Rajalas blood.

Fuck...!!! Allright. I know Shock Tilt is now active again. Not that long ago you appeared on the Ozzy tribute album for example. What are the nearest plans of Shock Tilt? I heard something about a movie...?
Yes, Hakalax Productions (Finland) is working on a documentary about Hannus death that will be released this autumn titled: "The Real Monster of Rock". We are working on an album, probably with the same title as the movie which will be released simultaneously. This album will be harder and more "metal" than the previous releases, a mix of classic hard rock and modern metal… If you liked the early stuff, you will not be disappointed as this album will be like an updated version of "shock 'n' roll"…

Are you planning to release your classic albums perhaps? They're extremely rare nowadays!!!
Yes we are. We have discussed releasing a re-mastered version of "Night Fight" with the songs from the single "Heaven calls" as bonus tracks. They are rare indeed… We've seen it on sale on the net for 150 euros!

Did you know that "Night Fight" has been released on a low quality CD bootleg?
I've heard some rumours, but wasn't sure… until now.

Allright, I guess that's all I wanted to ask for! Thank you for your time! Last words are yours, keep on rocking'!
Thank you Bart! If we are coming to Poland to play, you'll be the first to know. As soon as the new album is finished I will send you a copy to review. Long live Hard Rock and Metal… Shock 'N' Roll!!!

Intervew by Bart Gabriel (c) X 2006
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