Re: 18" kick batter head
I would try the unassuming remo pinstripe. I played one years ago and I put pinstripes on both sides (heck, there weren't PS3s or 4s back then) and tuned it down and it rocked. You want a bit of ring because ten feet in front of you nobody's going to hear that when the band is playing anyway.
You have to think wide open as the bass drum gets smaller.