Several friends based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina formed The Classic Struggle in 2002. After playing several tours, Austin Floyd left in 2004. They were signed to Ironclad Recordings, a subsidiary label of Metal Blade Records and released their first album Feel Like Hell, in 2005. They have since headlined several tours nationwide and shared stages with several bands. In 2006 Jason Shuping was fired due to conflicts with the band. as a result Chris Grant joined the band.