Astaroth in popular culture

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The Canaanite goddess Ashtoreth, renamed as the Goetic demon Astaroth, has appeared many times in modern popular culture.

Film[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Astaroth: Book of Angels Volume 1 (by Jamie Saft Trio, 2005)
  • Referenced in the song "Consumite Furore" in the PC adventure game Phantasmagoria
  • Referenced in the song "At the Sound of the Demon Bell" by the heavy metal band Mercyful Fate
  • Referenced in the song "Black Dwarf" by the doom metal band Candlemass
  • The song "Alone in the Dark" by Testament contains a reference to Astaroth.
  • A song of the Spanish heavy metal group Mägo de Oz from their album Finisterra. Astaroth is also mentioned in several of their songs.
  • Mentioned by the Swedish doom metal band Draconian in their songs "The Gothic Embrace" and "Serenade of Sorrow".
  • Mentioned in the song "Come to the Sabbat" by Black Widow on their Sacrifice album.
  • Referenced in the title of California based hardcore band Catherine's debut album "Rumor Has It: Astaroth has Stolen Your Eyes".
  • The seal of Astaroth is printed on (some editions of) the CD Ænima by the band Tool.[1]
  • Mentioned in the song "Slaying the Prophets Ov Isa" by the Polish death metal band Behemoth.
  • The band Thus Defiled has a song called "Astaroth (The Art of Balance in the Dark) on their 2007 release Demonspawn.
  • 17 lesser known metal (mainly black metal) bands are called Astaroth, as registered in the Encyclopedia Metallum.
  • The seal of Astaroth is also present in the album artwork of "Abrahadabra" by Dimmu Borgir.
  • The seal of Astaroth appears on the cover of Bruce Dickinson's (Iron Maiden) Best of CD released in 2001.
  • Mentioned in the song "Retreat Underground" by avant-garde rock band The Gabriel Construct

Literature[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Astaroth appears in Strange as the Jewish and Christian Devil, as being the demon who rose in power until humanity worshipped him as the Devil.
  • Blood Ties, the lead character has the seal of Astaroth magically tattooed on her wrists
  • Astaroth appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode ""Trials of the Demon!"" as a demon in hell seeking souls to escape.
  • Astaroth appears in an episode of Friday the 13th: The Series (season 3's "The Prophecies") as a fallen angel who seeks to fulfill six prophecies in the hopes of opening the doorway for Lucifer to walk the earth.
  • Astaroth appears in the first episode of Ao No Exorcist as a demon who possessed a teenager and was exorcised by the protagonist's step-father, Fujimoto Shirou
  • Astaroth's sigil appears in the background of Truman's office in the last couple episodes of Twin Peaks
  • Astamon is a demon Digimon based on Astaroth. In line with Astaroth being associated with Sloth, his digivolved form is Belphemon (based on Belphegor), the Demon Lord of Sloth and one of the (Seven) Great Demon Lords.
  • In BBC's Apparitions, a powerful demon called Astaruth is the primary antagonist, possessing a former soldier named Michael.
  • In the CW show Supernatural's Season 3 episode, Malleus Malleficarum, Astaroth appears as a demon who takes souls in exchange for magical power.
  • In the Timm Thaler (2002 TV series) he appears under the name Astarod, The notably is that he appears as a Monster-Purse in the animated television series.

Gaming[edit]

  • NeverDead, the main villain is Astaroth, who kills the main character's beloved and making him an immortal demon lord who will suffer for eternity.
  • Catherine, Astaroth is revealed as the demon who orchestrates, along with Dumuzid, a curse against men who have thoughts of infidelity
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, as Astarte, Astaroth appears as an Egyptian noblewoman.
  • Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Astaroth appears as a deity for those of chaotic evil alignment
  • Final Fantasy 2, Astaroth is a boss fought near the end of the game. Another version of this boss is also fought in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.
  • The Demon King Astaroth is the final boss in the original Ghosts 'n Goblins video game and a boss character in Ghouls 'n Ghosts and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts. A character similar in appearance and attack to him also appears as a mid-boss in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
  • Grand Chase, Astaroth is the mini-boss in Mana Valley with his pet Mynos, who was behind the downfall of Xenia continent Gods
  • MagnaCarta II, Astaroth is a sentinel, some kind of powerful golem from eons past used by the northern forces and that we are condemned to fight in Old Fox Canyon
  • MapleStory, Astaroth is a boss at the end of Adventurer's quests
  • Omikron: The Nomad Soul computer game, the prince of demons and enemy Kushulai'n is named Astaroth
  • Painkiller: Resurrection, Astaroth appears to the hero at the end of the second level, announcing himself as one of the generals in Lucifer's army
  • Phantasmagoria, Asteroth is the main antagonist
  • Sacrifice, Astaroth is a Scythe guarding the demon gate of Golgotha
  • Shadow Hearts: Covenant video game, Astaroth appears as one of the main boss enemies as well as a crest that gives the characters magical abilities.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, Astaroth appears as a demon
  • Astarot, Asutarotto in Japanese (アスタロット?), appears in the card game and snack food Shinra-Bansho and is a blue-skinned female version.
  • Soul Calibur series of video games, a golem named Astaroth is a playable character
  • Ultima V, Astaroth is the name of the Shadowlord of Hatred
  • In Daemon Bride, Astaroth is the name of a woman-like entity that serves as an assistant to Dusk, one of the playable characters. Astaroth also serves as the demon of Sloth in the franchise in place of Belphegor.
  • Astarte is a demonic assistant in the game Devil's Deception
  • Astaroth is a SR card in Valkyrie Crusade, Astaroth become a maiden in Valkyrie Crusade. She can be obtained by using Arcana Turn-over to make Aphrodite turn into Astaroth, Now are unobtainable already.
  • Astaroth is a wood and dark attribute demon monster in the mobile game Puzzle and Dragons
  • Ianzuma Eleven 3, the Goalkeeper of a post-game team is named Astaroth.
  • Inazuma Eleven Go 2 Chrono Stone, post-game character, Asta, as well as his Keshin are both named after Astaroth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discogs.com (Tool (2) - Ænima/ Images)". Retrieved 2012-03-20.