Agree with all of this. I thought I was going crazy when Ursa Minor didn't come out like they said it would, and it felt like no one was talking about it anymore. Anyway, regarding the long wait between albums: Stephan Jenkins has stated in the past that he's struggled with writing lyrics. Ursa Major was rumored to be delayed because of this.
Definitely true, it seems like lyrics are something he really struggles with to get them just right how he likes them. There's a video someone shot in like 07' of them doing Bonfire or Sharp Knife 2 years before Ursa Major and Stephen says at the beginning of the video how hard it is for him to finish lyrics. Ha funny thing is a lot of the lyrics in that version are different from what ended up on the album.
Whenever this record comes out it's going to be great like everything else they've done... it's just kind of like let me know when there's a release date until then. I'm tired of getting an update every 6 months saying they're starting to record the new record, then 6 months later you hear that 3 songs are done and they're talking about their next tour or something non album related.
And the final album talk is Stephen saying (though I don't know if I believe him) that this'll be the last full length and in the future he'll just release songs as they're done. This goes back to how difficult he finds completing 10 songs to his satisfaction (basically his words, not mine).