Sound — 9
The overall sound on this disc is miles away from that of their first CD. I can see where one might not go for this different sound, but I love it. Each track has a slight techno-ish sound to it that gives the CD as a whole a very haunting sound. The heavily-distorted guitars and double bass are still there, but more layered. There isn't really a point where the album slows down, like with "Emily" on Dear Diary. I usually don't go for CDs that are completely heavy all the way through, but this one pulls it off very nicely.
Lyrics — 9
There is a lot less screaming on Heroine, and when there is screaming it's blended into the background, such as on "...And We All Have A Hell". Sonny definitely has most of the vocals which, to me, is better than the alternating vocals of the first disc. There are a lot of interesting effects done with Sonny's voice, too, which is another interesting effect.
Overall Impression — 10
Heroine is just too different from Dear Diary to compare the two. Both discs are unique and both are very good. I think I'd prefer Heroine of the two just for the fact that it's very unpredictable, with its wide range of effects and sounds. I did not buy this CD because the store was sold out of it and I just couldn't wait, but I will probably buy it as soon as I can. Not everyone will like it, I'm sure, but this could be my new favorite CD for a very long time.