Much like the big four of thrash
, the big four of melodic death closely mirror them.
In Flames is like Metallica
, started out with lots of hits but changed their style and got rejected by their fans.
Dark Tranquility is like Megadeth
, Remains consistent in their style except for one album the had a very different style.
At the Gates is like Slayer
, usually on one album is ever talked about. (Reign in Blood/Slaughter of the Soul)
Soilwork is like Anthrax
, nobody really ever cared about them even though they were pretty great.