Apocalyptica is a band from Helsinki, Finland, formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo L├Âtj├Ânen, and Perttu Kivilaakso (all three of whom are graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) and drummer Mikko Sir├®n. Originally a Metallica tribute band, their music borrows elements from a wide variety of genres including classical music, neo-classical metal[citation needed], speed metal, alternative metal, post-grunge, hard rock, progressive metal[citation needed], thrash metal and symphonic metal. They also incorporate some influences from Middle Eastern music, world music and traditional folk melodies. They have sold over four million albums to date.