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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.
Random People on the Big Four of Melodic Death:

Billy: I really like Colony and The Jester Race but Soundtrack to Your Escape was pretty nu-metal and bad to me.

Jimmy: Projector was a bit "different" but was still alright but the rest of the others albums are great.
Bob (to Jimmy): Projector sucked man their other stuff was way better.

Tommy: Yeah At the Gates is pretty great.
Joel (to Tommy): Didn't they make Slaughter of the Soul?
Tommy:Yeah!
Joel: Any other albums?
Tommy: I don't know.

Robert (playing his Chainheart Machine CD at a party): Cause I'll rise (crickets) Robert (monotone voice): ...You'll fall
Roll the dice! My call

by Knixx December 31, 2007