Boarding the Halberd
- This article is about one of the musical themes related to the Halberd. For the game where this theme originated, see Revenge of Meta Knight. For the similar theme that plays alongside this one, see Havoc Aboard the Halberd.
Boarding the Halberd is a musical track that debuted in Kirby Super Star, playing in Revenge of Meta Knight. It is a fast-paced frenetic theme that has come to be associated with the Halberd in general, and has reappeared in a few notable Kirby titles since its inception, often paired with its sister track, Havoc Aboard the Halberd.
Boarding the Halberd is a fast-paced track, jazzy track set at a tempo of roughly 164 beats per minute. The piece features a lot of accidental notes, making it difficult to determine its true key, and a rapid, dissonant melody line punctuated with wide sweeps and triplets. The main instrumentation includes brass, orchestra hits, and soft synths, with prominent drums and a repetitive bassline.
Kirby Super Star (Ultra)
As mentioned above, this track can be heard in several places in Revenge of Meta Knight, specifically for the stages where Kirby is either attempting to, or has just boarded the Halberd.
Kirby Air Ride
The original version from Kirby Super Star can be unlocked and then used as an alternate track in Machine Passage.
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a jazzy version of this track, titled Meta Knight's Revenge, is used as a default theme for the Halberd stage, and can also be heard in sections of The Subspace Emissary. Here, it is directly combined with its sister theme, being the first time the two were fused into a single musical track. The arrangement was done by Noriyuki Iwadare.
Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
This track serves as the theme for the sixth stage. The version used is the one from Kirby Super Star with its tempo slightly slowed down, but its fast pace is still suitable for a harder stage.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
The piano remix of this track from Kirby's Epic Yarn is reused in Rhythm Route - Stage 7 EX.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
"Boarding the Halberd" has been performed live in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, along with its sibling theme, in King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley. This version is much slower, being performed at 132 beats per minute, to make it feasible for live players. A vocal version called Take off! is also on the Kirby Memorial Arrangements CD.
The theme is also featured in the second half of the the bonus track ステージメドレー／アコースティックver. (Stage Medley / Acoustic Ver.) of the Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe Original Soundtrack.