I'm not going to talk too much shit about Lars since he is probably a much better drummer than me but wearing out multiple drum heads while tracking one song is kind of asinine. It's also the calling card of an amateur drummer that isn't releasing the stick upon impact, just pouding it into the drum without rebound.
I mean, Bonham hit harder than anyone and there are no stories floating around about what a hassle it was to track him.
It's also the consensus from engineers and soundmen that allegedly Lars isn't a heavy hitter. In fact, quite the opposite.
The dented head 'intensity' is probably just spin for all the multiple takes of the sections he had to play over and over to get it right. But hey, at the end of it all, whatever works.
Yeah, i've worked with lots of drummers that hit plenty hard, but they didn't have to change skins for a long time. It's in the wrist, too--if you just hit straight out with no wrist movement, that's really not the proper way to do it.
Lars is plenty good as a drummer, but as far as drummers in major bands go, he's probably one of the less inventive ones that I can think of. Most of the stuff kinda has this heavy "oompa oompa oompa" near polka beat. Bonham was a pounder, but also had alot of flavour and accents on hi-hat, bass drum and cymbals....like "Fool In The Rain".