While songs like "Pick Me Up" and "Hangar 18" along with others are famed on the official DLC side of the library for their solos, songs with such a particular note of accolade are a bit fewer and farther between on the RBN side. While there are some truly great solos in some songs on the service, it's hard to find one that really stands out and makes you think "Wow, this just feels amazing to play." This... is what makes "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" such an incredible track on guitar.
The song starts with a 7/4 strumming pattern that spans all frets. The pace of these patterns are slow enough to be perfectly manageable, making them less of a hassle to play than one might expect.
Eventually, the verses begin. These largely consist of either long or short strings of hammer-ons, small chord breaks, and alt-strumming. The 7/4 pattern makes a brief encore after a while, followed by an interlude of long sustains.
Up next is the solo. Considering this song has a reputation for containing the most popular solo in Between the Buried and Me's discography, it has quite the expectation it needs to live up to, and man, it doesn't disappoint in the slightest. At around two minutes, it's rather lengthy, but it takes advantage of every bit of the time it has. The difficulty of the solo is perfectly balanced, often switching between short sustains, short fills, and perfectly paced strings of hammer-ons. All of it crescendos into one long, sweeping pattern in the last section, which is fast enough to require an excess of fretwork, but not fast enough to be taxing to keep up with. The gratifying build-up to it presented throughout the entire solo makes it all the more awesome to play. The song closes with a repeating pattern of hammer-ons leading to the fadeout.
If you're a guitarist, and have access to RBN, "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" is an absolute must-buy. With one of the most complete solos in the game, a smorgasbord of patterns leading up to it, and a pitch-perfect balance in difficulty, it's a song that guitarists should not pass up. My highest recommendation.