I was thinking about this recently, thinking I should dig up the issue and post a photo of it. But quite conveniently, R.M. Rhodes just put up the page on his heavymetalmagazine.wordpress.com/ site, saving me some digging. Thanks man, for the info and the image I lifted from it:
Yup, that's me as "Fred", in the Septemer 2009 issue. HM had letters sections going way back, and by this time they were just pulling posts from the (now long departed) HM website forum for them. This was from a forum thread someone started that got some traffic, though I don't recall if Mr Eastman actually commented in the thread. He did sometimes.
Interesting to me, is Intone Flux prominently featured. He's my old internet buddy from the HM forums, and the numerical rating reviews I do was originally his idea. Intone Flux has contributed to my fandom and this blog, and has also produced some comics of his own.
I also believe the "BMB" is Ben Michael Bryne, who started posting his Kranburn on the HM forums back then (which is great by the way), but has unfortunately disappeared from the internet, as far as I can tell.
So thanks for the timely excavation of this issue, R.M. Rhodes.