I think the idea of going on hiatus for a few years is good for the band. Someone above me said it: the last three albums are the same and the live show is stagnant.
To the point about metal and mainstream media: I've had this discussion with people before. It shows the true nature of the biased United States media when it comes to heavy metal. It is clear as day that there are heavy metal bands that have a bigger and stronger following than a lot of mainstream crap and yet you hear nothing about it. I can take a guess and say it is that the American government and media are trying to train everyone to be non-confrontational and nicey nice people; and heavy metal is the farthest thing from non-confrontational.