Britain's overwhelmingly positive response to GALLOWS says everything about the passion with which that country's fans embrace new and exciting bands. Over here, a promising punk-rock band wouldn't get noticed; over there, Gallows' debut album, Orchestra of Wolves, landed it on the cover of the respected music magazine New Musical Express. But is Gallows worth the hype? Find out when the band visits America with Cancer Bats and This Is Hell in tow Wed., JAN. 9. $12. 7 p.m. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com.